Daily Recap — April 19

It’s the end of the recap week, and it ended with a bang indeed.


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THE OPENING SHOT

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We’ve waited so long for some semblance of justice for those who sought to take down our president. So many long days and night turning in our beds wondering, “What will it take to see action?” Tonight, it’s the deep state that will toss and turn for a change.

Department of Justice’s inspector general Michael Horowitz has referred former FBI Deputy Director Deep State McCabe to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in D.C.

IG Horowitz sent the referral to federal prosecutors based on findings in his report that McCabe “lacked candor” on four separate occasions. Three of those times were while McCabe was under oath.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in D.C., will now make the call as to whether McCabe’s disclosures to the media are a crime.

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WHAT THE REFERRAL IS FOR: 

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In the year leading up to the 2016 election, McCabe had come under the spotlight for some seriously shady dealings with Clinton world. His wife, Jill, was running for the statehouse in Virginia as a political neophyte. And whaddayaknow, a very generous donation of about half a million bucks came in from a PAC run by Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

The first thing you need to know about McAuliffe is he is in deep –very deep– with the Clintons. He was even under investigation himself by the DOJ at the time for shady connections to Chinese donors, which is a Clinton calling card. Slick Willy and Hillzdawg have been owned by the Chinese since the 90’s, but that’s another topic for another time.

So, with public scrutiny bearing down on McCabe and whispers about his being a Clinton puppet becoming louder by the day, ol’ Deep State decided to contact his friends in the press in an attempt to change the narrative. He contacted the failing Wall Street Journal to give some juicy inside info about supposed turmoil within the bureau regarding the investigation of Hillzdawg and, specifically, the Clinton Foundation.

In the WSJ article, McCabe portrays himself as someone who’s fighting to have Hillary investigated, only to be shut down by his superiors. He was the good guy, see? He’s not in Hillary’s pocket. He wants to bring her down!

It was transparent BS. 

Now enter IG Horowitz. While conducting an investigation into the the FBI’s conduct during the Hillary email probe along with their actions leading up the election, investigators asked McCabe about information being leaked to the press. And shocker! — he lied.

McCabe told investigators that he did not authorize the disclosure to the reporter, which Horowitz was able to disprove rather easily through contrary evidence and testimony, likely from failing WSJ reporters themselves.

McCabe also lied to Leakin’ James Comey about what he authorized FBI officials to tell the WSJ, though it should be noted that we’re relying on Comey’s word for that, which is shaky at best. 

So there you have it. McCabe (potentially) faces charges of lying to FBI agents as well as perjury. Considering what was done to Mike Flynn for far less, the case seems open and shut to this writer.


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TEAM MCCABE’S COUNTEROFFENSIVE:

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McCabe’s legal team is employing a predictable strategy: Blame Trump. But just because it’s predictable doesn’t mean it’s dumb. Frankly, it’s the best possible way to play a very weak hand. That is, after all, a lawyer’s duty.

McCabe lawyer Andrew Bromwich got the narrative rolling immediately today:

“We were advised of the referral within the past few weeks. Although we believe the referral is unjustified, the standard for an IG referral is very low.  We have already met with staff members from the U.S. Attorney’s Office. We are confident that, unless there is inappropriate pressure from high levels of the Administration, the US Attorney’s Office will conclude that it should decline to prosecute,” said Bromwich.

First off, how did the attorney’s office give you an indication of where things are headed weeks before the referral was even issued? So they hadn’t read the referral, nor did they know it was even coming, but they can assure that it’s a big nothingburger? If true, that sure seems like some “inside baseball” to me. Is Bromwich trying to out-deep state his client? 

Bromwich isn’t concerned about those types of optics or questions, though. He’s employing a preemptive strategy that hedges his bets in the worst case scenario (charges being brought). See, if the U.S. Attorney’s office decides to prosecute, the McCabe team can immediately play on the confirmation bias of the anti-Trump crowd to say, “See, Trump must be ordering this from the top, because we told you that they have nothing.”

The problem is, they do have something. A lot, actually. McCabe doesn’t even have the support his equally corrupt former boss, which leads us to our next segment:

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COMEY THROWS MCCABE UNDER THE BUS:

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Say what you will about Leakin’ James, but he knows when he’s beat. 

Today, speaking to Fake News CNN’s Fake Yapper, Comey was (finally) straightforward about things could shake out for the McCabe situation going forward, even acknowledging that he very well may take the stand against his former #2.

“Sure, given that the [inspector general’s] report reflects interactions that Andy McCabe had with me and other FBI senior executives, I could well be a witness,” Comey told Yapper, adding, “I like him very much as a person, but sometimes even good people do things they shouldn’t do.”

Comey has a point there. I mean, who hasn’t fed BS stories to the media to portray themselves as less corrupt, then committed perjury on three separate occasions about it? Hell, I’m sure I did that at least three times just this week. Could happen to anyone. Lay off Andy, he’s a good chap. 

Maybe Leakin’ James is just trying to convince himself that he, too, is still a good guy despite leaking’ and lyin’ of his own. Who knows; I’m not a shrink. 

In any event, the battle lines are clearly drawn. Leakin’ James has made it clear that he’s not going down with the McCabe ship and will take the stand if necessary. Pretty shocking development when you consider how thick-as-thieves these deep-staters have been over the years.

Just a few months ago, Comey was on Twitter defending McCabe’s honor from the big bully Trump. Now, he’s ready to help put him in jail.

My, how the tables have turned.

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BIG PICTURE:

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I know the question everyone seeks an answer to. Is this guy going down or what? 

I wish I could give you a 100% guarantee that McCabe is going up the river to be followed by all his deep state buddies. Unfortunately, after witnessing the deep levels of corruption within our government and how the bureaucrats look after one another, not even cut and dried cases such as these are a slam dunk.

However, I am optimistic, and here’s why. This isn’t some sternly worded letter from Chuck Grassley to Keebler Jeff. The U.S. Attorney’s Office received a criminal referral from the official DOJ watchdog, Mike Horowitz, who was appointed by both Democrat and Republican presidents. And much of the evidence against McCabe was gathered by the FBI themselves (not everyone is deep state, ya know). 

Additionally, Comey says McCabe lied. McCabe says Comey lied. Loretta Lynch thinks they’re both liars. When career bureaucrats throw one another under the bus, it means they expect something to come down. 

The fact is, if the DOJ hopes to regain any semblance of credibility, they have to move forward on this referral. The evidence is overwhelming, to the point that not even McCabe’s deep state brethren will defend him. If I had to bet, I’d say McCabe is screwed. 

However…

We should take pause before throwing our victory party. In the big scheme of things, this is small potatoes. Let’s keep our eyes on the ball here. We have an FBI that was weaponized by high-ranking agents to take down a sitting POTUS. That’s a hell of a lot bigger deal than some jerk leaking fake stories to the fake news.

I have a creeping suspicion that McCabe is being used as a sacrificial lamb by Comey and others who have a hell of a lot more to lose. D.C. knows that the corruption has become so overt that action must be taken or the public (and the president) are going to start making life hard.

We can’t allow this McCabe situation to satiate our taste for blood. Rather, it should merely whet our appetites. 

I feel very vindicated today regarding Horowitz. I’ve had faith he would do the right thing since the beginning, after studying his past and the stealth way he’s been operating for the last year. I was called stupid, naive, you name it.

Welp, today, he showed that he’s willing to pull the trigger. The question is, will he pull it on the big guns? 

We’ll find out soon. Buckle up.

 


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STAYING ON THE DEEP STATE TRAIN

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It seems that the McCabe news wasn’t the only good story for Trumpers today, although I’m not convinced this one is as good as it seems on its face.

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Deputy Attorney General Fraud Rosenstein told PDT last week that he isn’t a target of any part of King Bob’s witch-hunt or the probe into his lawyer, Michael Cohen.

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Rosenstein, who reportedly brought up the investigations himself, offered the assurance during a meeting with PDT at the White House last Thursday. According to reports, after the meeting, PDT told some of his closest advisers that it’s not the right time to remove either man since he’s not a target of the probes. One anonymous source said Trump doesn’t want to take any action that would drag out the investigation.
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Supposedly, this assurance was the difference-maker in terms of whether Trump decided to fire Mueller and Rosenstein, but I strongly caution to take that part of the narrative with a grain of salt.
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Any time you hear the #FakeNewsCrew speculate on how this or that affected Trump’s mindset, remember, it’s just that — speculation. And right now they’re relying heavily on the “Trump wants to fire Mueller” narrative. Besides, haven’t we learned by now about the reliability of “anonymous sources” inside the Trump White House? I’m convinced that most of them don’t even exist. 
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BIG PICTURE:
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Don’t trust any of this for a second. I call Rosenstein “Fraud” for a reason. His reassurance that PDT isn’t a criminal target holds very little water in the big scheme of things.
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Trump may not officially be a criminal target at this juncture, but that doesn’t mean he won’t be in the future. As I covered in previous recaps, the FBI/DOJ wouldn’t give the first damn about Michael Cohen if he weren’t Trump’s lawyer. If PDT had never been elected, do you think Cohen’s office would have been raided due to a “months-long investigation into business dealings”? We all know the answer to that.
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The fact is, Cohen’s personal communications with PDT were the target of that raid. Do I know that for sure? Of course not. But I’ve passed a few logic tests in my day and a little deduction leads me to the rather obvious conclusion that Cohen is just a small fish being used to get to a bigger one.
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In my never-close-to-humble opinion, Rosenstein’s assurances to Trump were nothing more than a way to get breathing room after the scrutiny their team of thugs have come under recently for their tactics, as well as pressure from congressional Republicans for not delivering classified documents in a timely manner (if at all). 
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Fraud can say that PDT isn’t a target all he likes, but the fact remains that a bunch of slimeball DOJ deep-staters are itching to go through his private correspondence to fish out anything they can. 
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Mueller and Rosenstein hoped to be fired after that raid so that the impeachment trial could begin. They didn’t get what they wanted, so now they hope their haul produces something of prosecutorial value. It’s a bit of a hail mary, but the pass has been thrown nonetheless.
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If it makes you feel any better, I don’t think it will lead to much of anything for anyone beyond Cohen, if him even. PDT may seem like a “mob boss” to chicken littles such as Leakin’ James, but it doesn’t make him one.
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Think about this for a moment: If after a year of hard investigating by Clinton sycophants, Mueller is relegated to referring raids of a lawyer’s office due to a possible campaign finance violation, it means they have zilch. They’re betting everything on Cohen’s emails because they have no choice. If they don’t hit a homer here, there’s not really any place else to go. 
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Fraud and King Bob are trying, bless their hearts. But Trump is no dummy.
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Keep the faith. Everything will be okay. 
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RUUUUUUU-DY! RUUUUUUU-DY!

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Rudy Giuliani may have missed out on the Secretary of State gig, but he just landed a job as Secretary of Busting King Bob’s Ass.

The 73-year-old legendary former mayor and prosecutor revealed today he’s joining the legal team defending PDT against the Clinton hatchet men known as the Special Counsel’s Office. 

“I’m doing it because I hope we can negotiate an end to this for the good of the country and because I have high regard for the president and for Bob Mueller,” Giuliani said.

Yeah, sorry Rudy. Mueller is a deep state operative. I understand the diplomatic language, though. 

 

Rudy said he expects the probe to wrap up in “maybe a couple of weeks,” which is a bit of a pipe dream but I appreciate his optimism.


 

He said he made the decision in recent days after sharing a dinner with PDT at Mar-a-Lago last week. It’s pretty clear that their discussion mainly revolved around getting the King Bob probe wrapped up, evidenced by the statement Trump put out through his lawyers:

“Rudy is great. He has been my friend for a long time and wants to get this matter quickly resolved for the good of the country.”

And they’re wasting no time. Giuliani and Trump had a brainstorming session about legal strategy today in a conversation that included lawyer Jay Sekulow.


 

Sekulow said that Giuliani will be focusing solely on the Mueller investigation — not anything to do with the Michael Cohen situation. That probe is being led by the U.S. attorney in Manhattan — a post Giuliani used to hold, ironically. Trump’s other lawyer, Ty Cobb, will remain the lead in dealing with the King Bob crew.

When asked about the most pressing matter related to the Mueller probe right now — whether to sit down with Bob for an interview — Guiliani isn’t ready to give up any info.

“It’s too early for me to say that,” Giuliani said.

 


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This is a good move for PDT, if for no other reason than he knows he can trust Rudy to give him his all. The two men go back decades and consider one another family.

It’s also good news because Rudy is the exact man he needs in this position right now. Remember, he made his name as a prosecutor. No one knows their tactics better

Thank you for not holding a personal grudge about the Secretary of State position and agreeing to help our president in his time of need, Mr. Guiliani.

You’re a great and selfless American.

 


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OPEN BORDER COURTS STRIKE AGAIN

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Love or hate Keebler Jeff, it’s hard to arguer that he hasn’t done everything in his power to fix immigration. Unfortunately, the #BadHombres aren’t his biggest enemies toward that end. Leftist judges are.

A federal appeals court upheld a nationwide injunction that blocks the Trump administration from putting certain conditions on federal grant funding to force sanctuary cities to comply with immigration enforcement efforts.

A three-judge panel on the Chicago-based 7th Circuit Court of Appeals agreed Chicago is likely to succeed in its challenge to Ag Sessions’ mandate that only cities that allow federal immigration officials access to detention facilities and provide 48-hour notice before they release an undocumented immigrant will receive crime-fighting funds.

Put simply, if they don’t want to assist with immigration law, they don’t get their special grant money.


 

One (sane) member of the bench, Judge Daniel Manion, dissented in part from the court’s decision. He said the injunction should be limited to Chicago.

“An injunction, particularly a preliminary injunction, is an extreme remedy,” he said. “A nationwide preliminary injunction is more extreme still. One should only be issued where it is absolutely necessary, and it is far from absolutely necessary here.”

He’s absolutely right. Just as it was ridiculous to have some judge in Hawaii halting executive immigration actions nationwide, it’s equally absurd for a couple judges in Chicago to force their decision on every city and state in our country. Our constitution emphasizes the separation of powers. The judiciary clearly thinks they can dismiss that notion and act as God anytime they wish. 


DOJ spokesman Devin O’Malley articulated the well the problematic nature with this ruling:
 
“The Justice Department believes it exercised its authority, given by Congress, to attach conditions to Byrne JAG grants that promote cooperation with federal immigration authorities when the jurisdiction has an illegal alien who has committed a crime in their custody,” he said, adding: 
 
“Many in the legal community have expressed concern that the use of nationwide injunctions is inconsistent with the separation of powers, and that their increased use creates a dangerous precedent.”
 

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Now, as with so many rulings before, we’ll wait for the appeals process to take its course. This may end up in the SCOTUS or it may not. With their current workload, I don’t foresee them taking up the case anytime soon should it get to that level.

Bottom line: We won’t be able to withhold money from sanctuary cities for aiding and abetting illegal immigration anytime soon. 

Trust me, I hate it as much as you. 

 


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THANK YOU

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My longtime readers know that I often end recap weeks with a simple thank you. My readership is small, but full of outstanding people who all share the same passion for finding truth.

As always, it’s an honor to write for you. There are many writers in the world who lack any sort of readership at all, and I have the best one imaginable.

Thank you for accompanying me on this ride; a ride, I might add, that will get better with time.

I promise. 

 


 

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1 thought on “Daily Recap — April 19

  1. You’re welcome, but I can’t thank you enough for keeping this whole mess real and keeping me sane. You’ve also taught me to look at the whole picture differently and to not get all excited before taking a good look and (of course) reading your recap.

    Thank you Trey!

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