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THE SCOTUS PUNTS
Today, that supposedly omniscient body sent from God himself known as the Supreme Court announced that it would not (yet) intervene to negate a lower court ruling temporarily blocking the implementation of PDT’s DACA termination. The program, which grants legal status to approximately 700,000 Dacamanians, would have ended on March 5. Now, until further notice, those waivers will remain available. I suppose there is a silver lining here, though, given that the SCOTUS did request that the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals “act expeditiously to decide this case.”
There is no doubt that the case should be decided expeditiously, if for no other reason than DACA itself is patently unconstitutional. A POTUS simply can’t undercut federal immigration law with the stroke of a pen from the Oval Office. That’s what we who care about the Republic call “dictatorial government,” not that any of our friends on the Left care. They’re too busy protesting Trump’s imaginary authoritarianism to lift a finger to combat the real thing, even as it slaps them in the face.
What’s worse is this ruling is even simpler than determining he constitutionality of DACA. It’s about whether a president has the authority to rescind an executive action taken by a predecessor, which he clearly does. Why in the world would one president’s executive authority be beyond the scope of another? If a POTUS signs an order, a POTUS can rescind it. It really is that simple. There simply is no legal argument to deny PDT the right to undo a presidential action. If DACA were codified into law, it would be a much different story. But it’s not. The lower court has essentially declared Obama to have more executive power than Trump. I can think of no more grotesque example of far-left judicial activism.
Before we gather our pitchforks and torches, though, there are a couple facts to consider.
First, this type of decision not to intervene in the lower court appellate process is not new to the SCOTUS. If anything, it’s standard operating procedure. The Supreme Court has agreed only a handful of times in the past century to bypass the federal appeals courts, and those were events of national emergency. Thus, the decision to refrain from weighing in at this time shouldn’t be seen as an indicator of the case’s merits one way or another, but rather a matter of respect for procedure. The DACA challenge is now pending before the California’s ultra-liberal Ninth Circuit, whose overturn rate at the Supreme Court level rests well over 80%. Unless by some miracle the Ninth Circuit appeals the decision by themselves, it’s likely to be defeated once it (almost inevitably) reaches the high court.
Secondly, while this punt back to the lower courts is certainly a defeat for common sense, it’s a political victory of sort for the Trump administration. Democrats refuse to come to the table for a DACA fix because they wanted the issue for ammo in the midterms. They wanted headlines and viral photos showing big mean ICE agents coming to take away da churren. DACA is somewhat of a niche immigration issue. While data shows that most Americans favor strong immigration enforcement, the majority don’t fault DACA recipients for their predicament. The optics would’ve been bad leading up to November, as Democrats would have painted the Trump administration as bypassing common sense immigration law in favor of heavy-handed, unreasonable enforcement. They’ll no longer have that in the back pocket.
BIG PICTURE: While the lower court ruling defies common sense and even basic law, the Supreme Court decision to allow appeals to run their usual course isn’t the end of the world. And given the likelihood of ultimate failure at the SCOTUS level, this could work out well for us politically, as PDT will be able to blame the courts for immigration insanity while avoiding the kind of child deportation headlines that might have lost him support from folks in the middle, who he’ll need come November.
In the meantime, he’ll have plenty more opportunity to work over Democrats on the Hill to get the long term immigration reforms he and his base seek.
He won’t have forever, though. We need #TheWall.
TRUMP MEETS THE GOVERNORS
THE DEMOCRAT MEMO: A SWING AND MISS
For the last few weeks, we were told of the so-called Democrat memo and how it would undermine all the claims made by the so-called Nunes memo, which exposed FISA abuses by the Obama administration.
It’s fair to say that this Ambien Schiff special (I call him “Ambien” because I can’t listen to him speak for more than 30 seconds without dozing off) isn’t a nothingburger. It’s a somethingburger, for sure, but in the wrong direction. Far from disproving the claims in the Nunes memo, it confirms them once and for all. That is, if you’re actually willing to look into the matter, rather than simply lapping up talking points from the legacy media. But Democrats have always relied upon the ignorance of the American public to further their agenda, which Ambien knows all too well, so their memo will no doubt be used to knock down the facts revealed by the House Intelligence Committee investigation.
All the same, let’s examine and get to the bottom of the most important points made in Ambien’s fake newser.
1) “The Steele dossier was only a small part of the FISA application.”
Nonsense. While the Democrat memo alludes to the “narrow use” of the pee-pee dossier in obtaining the FISA warrant, what they fail to (overtly) mention is that the “narrow” use of which they speak contained very critical information, or disinformation for those who care about verifying facts.
Remember, Carter Page was the focal point of this investigation. He was the target of this surveillance warrant for his supposed ties to the Russian government, and theoretically the link between OMG PUTIN and the Trump campaign. The main piece of (dis)information used to convince the judge of Page’s nefarious connections was a trip he took to Moscow in July 2016, in which he allegedly met with Igor Sechin, a close associate of Putin and executive chairman of Roseneft, Russia’s state-owned oil company, and Igor Divyekin, a senior Kremlin official.
The truth, because that still matters, is that Page’s trip to Russia was anything but clandestine. Page is someone who constantly seeks attention for his mission to improve US/Russia relations. He’s been called a Russia sympathizer, which is accurate, but a sympathizer is not a traitor or a crook. The fact is, there has been no evidence of criminal activity on the part of Page and he repeatedly reached out to the FBI to be an open book for anything they’d like to know, even back when it was brought to his attention that he may be a “target for recruitment” by the Putin regime. Another inconvenient fact is he lost his status as a “target for recruitment” when the Russians deemed him to be an idiot. Even unwitting foreign agents require a certain level of competence.
The guy is a goofball who presented himself as much more important than he was. But the FBI knew that. They had to, or they’re the most incompetent players of this entire scenario.
In any event, that trip to Moscow was the key information used to obtain the FISA warrant, and it came from the pee-pee dossier. The Democrats’ claim that the dossier played a minor role in obtaining the warrant is misleading at best. Even good ole Andy McCabe testified before Congress that the warrant would not have been secured without the dossier, a point that isn’t rebutted in this insult of a document put forth by Schiff.
2) “The DOJ was transparent with the Court about the source of the dossier.”
No, they weren’t. Schiff contends that since the FISA application notes that there was likely a political motivation behind the dossier, they were fully transparent with the court. This is an insult to anyone with a modicum of common sense or functioning BS radar.
Here is the passage cited by Schiff to make his case:
“indicated to Source #1 that a U.S.-based law firm had hired the identified U.S. Person to conduct research regarding Candidate #1’s [i.e., Trump’s] ties to Russia. (The identified U.S. Person and Source #1 have a longstanding business relationship.) The identified U.S. Person hired Source #1 to conduct this research. The identified U.S. Person never advised Source #1 as to the motivation behind the research into Candidate #1’s ties to Russia. The FBI speculates that the identified U.S. Person was likely looking for information that could be used to discredit Candidate #1’s campaign. “
First off, the FBI didn’t “speculate” anything. They knew good and damn well of Steele’s motivations. Secondly, the dossier was funded and pushed by the Clinton campaign, the opposing campaign to the very one under investigation. That’s NOT a minor detail. It’s called lying by omission, and a very big lie at that. The DOJ played a very dishonest game of hide-the-ball with the FISA court, minimizing the political nature of the pee-pee dossier in the most shameful of ways.
3) “It was George Papadopoulos, not the Steele dossier, that launched the probe.”
This claim simply doesn’t stand up to scrutiny. I’m sure you’ve all heard by now the Deep State’s claim that this whole thing started when low-level Trump campaign advisor George Papadopoulos drunkenly bragged to some Australian diplomat in a bar that the Ruskies had dirt on Hillzdawg Clinton.
Ok then, tell me this: If Papadopoulos was the impetus of the investigation, why was he not interviewed by the FBI until January 2017, after PDT had taken office and a full six months after they first received info regarding his bragging? By contrast, a FISA application was submitted within days of their receiving the Steele pee-pee dossier. Additionally, a surveillance was never submitted for Papadopoulos; pretty odd for someone who is supposedly the centerpiece of the investigation. But guess who they did submit one for: Carter Page.
Given these facts, the claim that Papadopoulos was a bigger impetus for Trump campaign surveillance than the pee-pee dossier is, again, an insult to our intelligence.
4) “The DOJ was forthright with the Court about why Steele was terminated as a source.”
More disingenuous gobbledegook. Ambien points out that the court was apparently told that Steele was dismissed over contacts with the press. That’s true, they were. What he doesn’t mention is that the FISA judges were never told that Steele had lied to the FBI about contacts with the press.
Steele wasn’t merely terminated for having press contacts, but his dishonesty regarding them. The integrity of a politically-motivated source is pretty important when said source is the basis for spying on an American citizen, doncha think?
Just another “minor detail” Ambien failed to disclose.
5) “Bruce Ohr informed the FBI of his relationship with Steele and his wife’s work with Fusion GPS.”
Uhhh, cool story, bro. So what does that have to do with the price of rice in China? These following facts still weren’t disclosed to the FISA court: (a) Ohr was meeting with Steele about the anti-Trump project; (b) Steele had told Ohr in September (i.e., before the first FISA application) that he “was desperate that Donald Trump not get elected and was passionate about him not being president”; and (c) Ohr’s wife, Nellie Ohr, was a Russia expert at Fusion who was collaborating with Steele on the dossier.
So what is Ambien’s argument here; that since Bruce told his colleagues about he and his wife’s connections to Fusion, that everything was above board? I couldn’t care less what the FBI knew about his connections. That actually makes it even worse that this information was withheld from the Court.
You’re implying that the bureau willfully kept important information from the FISA court, Ambien. Good job.
If Democrats were hoping to exonerate Team Barry for their surveillance of the Trump campaign before and after election day, they failed miserably. This memo may give warm fuzzies to their base for a short while, but the truth still remains. Critical information was withheld from the FISA court in order to spy on Americans. This scandal isn’t going anywhere, and we’re just getting started.
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