Daily Recap — August 16

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ANOTHER ROUND OF PRIMARIES

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Yes, this is a bit late. Such is life.

Primaries were held in Vermont, Connecticut, Wisconsin and Minnesota on Tuesday night and there were some….let’s say, interesting results. I won’t dive as deep into this round as I have with the others, but we’ll get a pretty decent idea of what happened nonetheless.


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VERMONT

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In Vermont, Dim Christine Hallquist became the first man in women’s clothing to be nominated for governor by a major party. .

Vermont Democratic gubernatorial candidate Christine Hallquist on primary election night.

This is a big breakthrough for the Dims, who have been trying steadily to get a trans person into high office of some kind for quite a while now. I’m not sure what is about mutilating one’s own sexual organs or insisting that everyone around cater to a delusion that screams “great public servant!” to the Dim party, but apparently it’s of paramount importance on a resume. 
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Three years ago, Oregon’s Kate Brown became the nation’s first openly bisexual governor. Now, Dims have nominated what would become the nation’s first openly gay (Lupe Valdez in Texas and Jared Polis in Colorado) and transgender (Hallquist in Vermont) governors at the time of their election, should they win in November. Hallquist is one of more than 400 “LGBTQ” candidates running in this cycle, which is a new record.
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While PDT presides over record unemployment in “oppressed” communities, Dims are celebrating what’s really important: getting as many non-straight white males elected as possible.
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They really have their priorities in order.
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A man in a skirt is running for governor of a state. Not alderman, postmaster, mayor nor dog catcher.
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GOVERNOR.
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A man in a dress is running to be GOVERNOR of a state. Sorry, I just have a hard time believing what is happening in our country sometimes, no matter how many times I repeat it.
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The good news is, (s)he has a steep uphill climb against the GOP incumbent, Gov. Phil Scott. He’s a bit of a RINO but, as always, Dims have managed to make him look good.
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And oh yeah, #CrazyBernie’s Senate seat is still safe.
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CONNECTICUT

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Don’t look now, but the Connecticut governor’s mansion may soon be flipping from blue to red.
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Current Dim Gov. Dannel Malloy has an approval rating just south of prostate cancer and thus opted not to pursue reelection, prompting a large pool of Pubs and Dims to jump into the race. Those dismal approval ratings, coupled with Malloy’s astonishing ability to screw up the state economy despite a nationwide boom, aren’t expected to help any potential Dim successors. 

Two business leaders — Bob Stefanowski and David Stemerman — established early leads on the Republican side, but the field has become more level in recent months.

A July poll gave Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, who also secured the Republican state party endorsement, the edge. Boughton has run for governor before and is touting his RINO bona fides: He’s currently the Republican leader of a Dim city. But to be fair, it is quite the accomplishment to get elected in a majority liberal area. Of course, that means a lot of caving to the leftist agenda, but I suppose it’s slightly better than having a card-carrying coochie capper at the helm. 

Connecticut is a bit of an odd state altogether. While Dims certainly dominate most local offices, historical patterns concerning the governor’s mansion don’t bode well for them: It tends to switch hands when one party has been in control for a while. Kind of like how the country as a whole tends to vote in midterms.

Essentially, the state is currently a toss-up, but it’s ripe for the taking if the GOP really wants it. We’ll soon know if that’s the case.

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MINNESOTA

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Another NeverTrumper bites the dust.

Former Minnesota Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s bid to win back his old job stalled when Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson beat him in the state’s Republican primary.
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Johnson will face Dim Rep. Tim Walz in the November general election. Walz, who represents the southern part of the state, beat state Rep. Erin Murphy and Attorney General Lori Swanson in the Dim primary.
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Pawlenty’s defeat is the latest sad chapter in the former RINO governor’s political career. Pawlenty decided to run for president in 2012 after two terms as governor of Minnesota. Despite early hype and sizable expectations laid upon him by the establishment media/political complex, he fizzled quickly and dropped out months before the Iowa caucus in September 2011 after a lackluster run. Fast forward to 2018 and it’s the same old story. The establishment convinced everyone that Pawlenty was on a huge comeback and would be the first of many establishment types coming back to save da churren from Boogey Man Trump.
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And that’s exactly what they thought would happen. No one gave Johnson a snowball’s chance in you-know-where, yet he whooped Pawlenty by 10 points. So now Pawlenty, the man who loves to call PDT “unhinged” and “unfit” for the presidency, can watch the Trump presidency from the comfort of his living room. Because his political career is done, Jack.
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And then there was Keith Ellison….
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It was a good news/bad news night for Sharia law fan, Mr. Keith Ellison. He won the Dim nomination for Minnesota attorney general, which is bad news for us because he’ll undoubtedly use his position to bog down the Trump administration in legal battles, as pretty much every other Dim state AG has done since January 20, 2017. 
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Rep. Keith Ellison poses for a selfie with Jennifer Lindquist after winning the Democratic nomination for Attorney General.

Ellison poses for a selfie with Jennifer Lindquist after winning the Dim nomination for Attorney General. Ms. Lindquist was then savagely attacked by Ellison. Just kidding (I think).


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But as he celebrated his win, the DNC said it was reviewing domestic abuse allegations against him — which they probably should, seeing as how he’s their deputy chair.
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Yes, the #2 man in the Dim National Committee is a Louis Farrakhan fanboy. It just keeps getting better and better.
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That being as it may, Ellison is fighting the abuse allegations and so far, we’d have to conclude he’s winning. The woman in question claims to have video evidence of an attack but won’t release it. It seems like she could at least show someone else who could then corroborate her story, but I guess she’s not up to it. I’m afraid that until she produces the goods, these allegations won’t stick long term.
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If the RNC’s #2 man were being accused of beating women, the DNC and their partners in the legacy media would have been working on their 4th straight day of “WHY HASN’T HE RESIGNED” propaganda, #ButTheseAreMinorDetails
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WISCONSIN

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Want to know how to blow $11 million for nothing? Republican megadonor and Illinois businessman Richard Uihlein can show you.
He had his eyes on Wisconsin Dim Sen. Tammy Baldwin’s seat — and he had the candidate to take her on. Uihlein spent nearly $11 million funding an effort to push Marine veteran and businessman Kevin Nicholson past state Sen. Leah Vukmir and into the general election against Baldwin.
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 Unfortunately, it turned out to be a spectacular failure. Nicholson lost to Vukmir — and it wasn’t particularly close. The more powerful support turned out to be Vukmir’s endorsement from the state GOP. A darling of conservative talk radio — which has major reach in Wisconsin — Vukmir was also backed by Gov. Scott Walker’s allies and even his family members.
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Baldwin was supposed to be vulnerable, as a relatively low-profile Dim in a state that voted for Trump. But early polling has shown her ahead of both Vukmir and Nicholson by 10 points or more — and it doesn’t help that Republicans have spent months beating up on their own.
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The two will now share a ticket in one of the most important states in November’s midterms, with Walker facing state schools chief Tony Evers in Dims’ fourth — and perhaps best — chance at defeating him. Reliable polling is notoriously hard to attain in Wisconsin for some reason, but what we do have reflects a toss-up for the governor’s mansion.
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Then there is the mustachioed Randy Bryce, who entered the 1st District race in June 2017 with an eye on ousting House Speaker Paul Rino and last night, finally secured the Dim nomination to do so, although the retiring RINO Ryan (say that 5x fast) won’t give him the pleasure of an ousting. One of Rino’s former aides, Bryan Steil, picked up the GOP nod and will attempt to keep the seat “red,” if you can call it that. He has a demographic advantage in his district, but Dims are frothing at the mouth for his seat. Steil would do well to get started on his get-out-the-vote operation right friggin now. I wouldn’t take that seat for granted.
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BIG PICTURE:

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The Bernie-crats strike back!

After falling short in some high-profile contests in Michigan and Missouri seven days ago, progressive candidates — many of them staunch backers of government healthcare and other universal programs popular on the left — in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Connecticut and Vermont notched a raft of victories this week.
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Minnesota traded one Muslim for another by electing Rep. Ilhan Omar to fill Keith Ellison’s 5th Congressional District seat. She was endorsed by crazy-eyed socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a “Justice Democrats” candidate.
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In Milwaukee County, meanwhile, Earnell Lucas, a Major League Baseball security official and progressive who ran for sheriff on “restoring integrity” to the office, defeated the top deputy of former Sheriff Dave Clarke — who actually ran in Milwaukee County as a Dim despite being a staunch conservative.
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Back east in Connecticut, another pair of cooches backed by the Working Families Party — Hayes and Matt Lesser — won their primaries, with Lesser outlasting a fellow state house member in their race for a state Senate seat and Hayes, named by Barry Soetoro as the National Teacher of the Year in 2016, won the contest to replace Rep. Elizabeth Esty as the Dim nominee in the 5th District.
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These weren’t massive victories, but they showed me exactly what I need to see, which is that the Bernie-crats are still alive, well and making noise within the Dim party. Their ascension to power would be disastrous for our country, of course, but the good news is they won’t be getting there. 
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But they will cause a lot of heartache, stress and division within the Dim party along the way, which is what we need. We need them to win just enough races to give us a steady stream of socialist soundbites while falling short of any real power or influence in the country. That’s the sweet spot.
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We found it in this week’s primaries, which is great, but we’d still better get to work. The enthusiasm gap is our biggest obstacle to victory. We’ve got to get people motivated to hit the polls. Enthusiasm won us the presidency in 2016, but a lack of it can do just the opposite for the 2018 midterms.
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Get your friends and family to your local voting precinct in November!
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Otherwise I’ll give you a really stern look.
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CLEARANCE CANNED

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It seems to be “long overdue stuff” week in the Trump administration. It started with the canning of Cooter Strzok over at the FBI and now the train has rolled into Brennan Station.

As everyone living above ground now knows, corrupt former CIA Director John Brennan has finally had his TS/SCI (Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmentalized Information) clearance revoked, ensuring that he’s not able to use any credentials on an official site in order to gain access to classified info.

And yes, he earned it.

No one is entitled to a TS clearance, especially not someone like Brennan. JB has been so overzealous in his partisan hackery that he could hardly be described as just another American using his First Amendment Rights to speak his mind. This is a man who held one of the most powerful intelligence positions in the country — one with contacts still on the inside — presenting himself as someone who’s ready, willing and able to take down a duly elected POTUS any way he can.  

In March, Brennan tweeted: “When the full extent of your venality, moral turpitude, and political corruption becomes known, you will take your rightful place as a disgraced demagogue in the dustbin of history. You may scapegoat Andy McCabe, but you will not destroy America…America will triumph over you.”

Again, this isn’t Joe from the block. When a former CIA Director implies that there is some information that could be damaging to the POTUS, that screams of an egregious abuse of power. He’s even gone so far as to tweet vague threats such as “Stay tuned.” I can hardly think of anything more inappropriate for a man in his position to say. 

Then there is his continued presence as one of the chief Russia truthers on Twitter, never mission chance to speculate on how Vlad Putin has compromising information on PDT, thereby explaining PDT’s desire to improve relations with Russia. It’s as bizarre as it is stupid, but coming from a former CIA director, it’s much worse than that. It’s subversive and chilling. 

That is just stuff from the past year. Let’s not forget that time his agency spied on members of Congress while lying about it vigorously for months, before ultimately having to “apologize.” Imagine being able to spy on Congress and then getting away with a simple statement of remorse. I guess you can do that sorta thing when you’re “Obama’s most trusted security aide,” as he’s been described in many reports.

Suffice it to say, PDT had very good legs to stand on to take his clearance, not that he needed them. The POTUS has near absolute informational power. He could take his clearance anytime he pleased for whatever reason he pleased. Just a fact. 

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WHY DID HE STILL HAVE A CLEARANCE IN FIRST PLACE? 

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I  think the better question would be, “How did he ever get a clearance in the first place?”

When a TS clearance is in the process of investigation, the clearance-seeker must take a polygraph. Depending on the position, one may receive what’s called a “national security poly,” which is just a polygraph of basic questions related to espionage/loyalty to country, a “lifestyle poly,” which is a polygraph of very probing personal questions, or both.

Everyone gets the national security poly no matter what. The most basic question asked is, “Do you seek or have you ever sought to overthrow the government of the United States?” Brennan supported the Communist Party at the height of the Cold War. Part of their platform was the overthrow of the U.S. government and its Constitution. That fact alone should make for a very interesting polygraph.

But as to his current clearance, this is how it (usually) works. Most clearances are good for 5 years at the time. If the clearance-holder remains in the intel community when his/her clearance is nearing lapse, a follow-up investigation is conducted in order to ensure fitness to handle classified info. 

Often, when a cleared person leaves office, the mission, or whatever else tethers them to the intel community, his “blue badge” is taken and deactivated, along with all of his access to whatever programs he’d been “read on” to. That blue badge and mission access is the lifeblood of a clearance. If you don’t have it, you can’t even get into the building. Not alone, anyway. And if you’re granted an escort to walk around without a badge, that escort yells “RED BADGE!” to every room which you’re about to enter. It’s highly annoying to those busy working mission and often embarrassing to the red badgee, if you will.

So the mere fact that a person’s clearance expired doesn’t mean he has access to whatever he wants. On the contrary, he doesn’t have clearance for anything whatsoever unless his blue badge is reactivated, he’s read on to a new mission and given need-to-know access. Need-to-know is a very important term in the intel community because compartmentalization is our fundamental operating principle. That means unless the information you seek is related to the mission you’re working, you don’t get it.

Theoretically, of course. 

The simple answer for why he still has a clearance is that clearances themselves aren’t automatically revoked once a person leaves their work environment. The clearance remains until it expires, but the means of using it are *supposed* to be disabled. Kind of like having a driver’s license but no car. Or road, for that matter.


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Now, having said all that, Brennan is not your everyday case. First off, he was the CIA Director, not some rank and file analyst. Brennan couldn’t analyze a real-world intelligence product if his commie life depended on it. Nevertheless, the compartmentalization principle doesn’t apply to him as stringently as it would to someone like myself. Leaders must have at least somewhat of a bird’s-eye view of operations in order to be effective.

Sometimes, people in Brennan’s position are allowed to maintain clearances so that they may advise the POTUS and/or his staff should the need arise. I’m gonna go out on a limb here and guess that PDT will get along fine without Brennan’s counsel.

Predictably, Dims and NeverTrumpers are jumping onto the OMG DICTATOR narrative, painting a picture of PDT as some Nixonian figure in the Oval Office crossing names off his enemies list. Some have even gone so far as to call Brennan “upstanding” and “patriotic,” causing one to wonder if they’ve ever actually read anything about the man.

It’s a losing bet on their end. They can hitch their wagon to that dumpster fire if they like, but it’s not going to turn out well in the long run.

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BIG PICTURE:

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Frankly, I don’t believe we can see the big picture here, and that’s a good thing.

What I mean is there is more going on than just a standard clearance revocation for bad behavior.

There is a near 100% chance that a counterintelligence operation is and has been underway for quite a while now into Brennan and his cohorts. I believe that PDT has received a great deal of information from it, though his information isn’t solely coming from that probe.

We’ve been talking for months about how Brennan doth protest too much. His panicked, hyperbolic declarations against the POTUS are the product of one of two things: instability or fear. I don’t believe he’s unstable, not at all. He’s afraid of what will be exposed, as he should be. 

The most open secret in the intelligence community is that Brennan is the source for much of CNN’s garbage, especially as it pertains to the PutinGate narrative. As CIA director, he knew full well that the pee-pee dossier was being briefed to PDT in early 2017 as part of a PDB (presidential daily brief). Was he the one who tipped off CNN?

Probably. But the ‘who’ in that scenario is much less important than the ‘why.’ That dossier was briefed to the POTUS for a reason: legitimacy. They needed the dossier to be legitimized in any way possible, and there’s hardly a better way than including it alongside the most critical national security information a POTUS receives. 

Brennan knew the dossier was being briefed and, more importantly, he knew why. And that tells us that he knows a hell of a lot more than that. I think he knows just about everything, in fact, and that’s why he was Barry’s “most trusted security aide.” Because trust in the Obama administration didn’t mean reliability in doing the right thing for the country. It meant reliable support for whatever scheme the Obama administration cooked up, no matter how illicit.

And he’s not the only one. The Trump administration seems to have its ducks in a row regarding this situation. In addition to Brennan, Sarah Sanders made it known today that several others are on the chopping block. They include former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, Leakin’ James Comey, former National Security Agency Director Michael Hayden, former Deputy AG Sally Yates, Susan ‘Dirty’ Rice, Deep State Andy McCabe, counterintel agent Cooter Strzok, his mistress Lisa Page and DOJ official/dossier middle-man Bruce Ohr.

PDT isn’t just throwing darts at a board and picking names. And no, he’s not just looking to see who’s been talking trash in the media. There is a lot more happening here.

PDT had ample justification to revoke Brennan’s clearance, but I’m fairly certain we’ve yet to learn the most damning details.

In the words of Brennan: “Stay tuned.”

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SPEAKING OF WHICH

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Right on cue, Brennan’s deep state buddies show up to remind us just how badly we need a housecleaning at the highest levels of Justice and Intelligence.

The incomparable Sara A. Carter is reporting tonight that a “trove of emails and handwritten notes” from Bruce Ohr further exposes the extent to which he was working with Fusion GPS and their hatchen man Christopher Steele in order to surveil the Trump campaign.

Not only do the notes prove Ohr’s *collusion* with Steele, they reveal that he was in steady contact with Steele’s boss at Fusion, Glenn Simpson. Both of them, of course, are the underlings of Hillary Clinton, whose campaign paid for the whole shebang. 

And oh gee by the way, we now know that Simpson lied through his teeth before Congress regarding the extent of his own communication with the DOJ. Now ask yourself, why would a man who claims to have simply been carrying out his “patriotic duty” want to hide his communications with the Justice Dept? Shouldn’t he be touting them? Isn’t his entire case that he was “just doing what any good American should do when encountering information of that sort”? 

Why would a whistleblower want to hide their own whistleblowing?

Curious indeed.

Now let’s get to the heart of these new revelations, and I use that term loosely.


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THE FBI KNEW STEELE WAS SHOPPING THE DOSSIER TO THE MEDIA: 

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You’ll likely recall that my calling the firing of Christopher Steele as an FBI source due to his contacts with the media were “window dressing.” It’s not a difficult conclusion to reach, given that Ohr kept in constant contact with Steele even after his “firing.”

You tell me which is more likely. Did Ohr go behind the FBI’s back and risk his job to communicate with Steele, or did the group of guys and gals on the infamous 7th floor know full well what he was doing? We all know the answer to that. Ohr was the bag man between Clinton world and the bureau. Of course they knew.

Taken from Sara Carter’s report:

The House Intelligence Committee revealed in their Russia report earlier this year that Steele–who was working for the FBI as a Confidential Human Source (CHS)–had shopped his dossier to numerous news outlets in the summer of 2016.  According to the report, the FBI terminated Steele after discovering that he was leaking to news outlets, breaking a cardinal rule by the bureau to not reveal ongoing investigations and information to the media.

However, there is growing concern that the FBI was well aware that Steele was in contact with media outlets about his dossier before the FBI applied to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court for its first warrant in the fall of 2016 to conduct surveillance on former Trump campaign volunteer advisor, Carter Page.

“There are indications that the FBI knew that Steele was in contact with the media before the bureau submitted the first FISA application and that question needs to be resolved,” said a congressional official with knowledge of the investigation.

This isn’t some revelation within the bureau. The only “growing concern within the FBI” is who has been exposed and to what extent.


 STEELE BECAME VERY NERVOUS WHEN GRASSLEY BEGAN ASKING QUESTIONS:

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Not only were Ohr and Steele in constant communication in the lead-up to, during and after the use of the dossier to spy on American citizens for political purposes, they remained in contact when Congress began snooping around and asking the right questions.

Again, from the Sara Carter report:

In one of Ohr’s handwritten notes listed as “Law enforcement Sensitive” from May 10, 2017, he writes “Call with Chris,” referencing Steele. He notes that Steele is “very concerned about Comey’s firing, afraid they will be exposed.” This call occurred months after FBI Director James Comey testified before the House Intelligence Committee and revealed for the first time that the FBI had an open counterintelligence investigation into President Donald Trump’s campaign and alleged collusion with Russia.

Steele is also extremely concerned about a letter sent from the Senate Judiciary Committee asking Comey for information on his involvement with Steele. Grassley sent 12 questions to Comey regarding the bureau and Steele’s relationship and wanted all information on any agreements they had during the investigation into alleged Russia-Trump collusion. Grassley also wanted to know if the FBI ever verified any of the information in Steele’s reports.

In Ohr’s notes from May 10, 2017, he goes onto write that Steele is concerned about a letter from the Senate Intelligence Committee, writing:

“Asked them 3 questions:

  1. What info (information) did you give to the U.S. govt (government)?
  2. What was the scope of yr (your) investigation?
  3. Do you have any other info that would assist in our question?”

SaraACarter.com first reported this week text messages between Steele and Ohr, revealing that Steele was anxious about Comey’s testimony and was hoping that “important firewalls will hold” when Comey testified.

Those text messages in March 2017 were shared only two days before Comey testified to lawmakers.

It continues on:

The documents from March 2017, reveal how concerned Steele is with Grassley’s committee and the letter from the senator’s office seeking answers from Steele on the dossier.

In June 2017, Steele tells Ohr,  “We are frustrated with how long this reengagement with the Bureau and Mueller is taking.  Anything you can do to accelerate the process would be much appreciated.  There are some new, perishable, operational opportunities which we do not want to miss out on.”

In October 2017, Steele notes that he is concerned about the stories in the media about the bureau delivering information to Congress “about my work and relationship with them.  Very concerned about this.  People’s lives may be endangered.”

And in November 2017, Steele, who is trying to engage with Robert Mueller’s Special Counsel, writes to Ohr saying, “we were wondering if there was any response to the questions I raised last week.”

Ohr responds by saying, “I have passed on the questions (apparently to the special counsel) but haven’t gotten an answer yet.”

Steele then says,  “I am presuming you’ve heard nothing back from your SC (special counsel) colleagues on the issues you kindly put to them from me.  We have heard nothing from them either.  To say this is disappointing would be an understatement!  Certain people have been willing to risk everything to engage with them in an effort to help them reach the truth.  Also, we remain in the dark as to what work has been briefed to Congress about us, our assets and previous work.”

Note the first statement: “We are frustrated with how long this reengagement with the Bureau and Mueller is taking.  Anything you can do to accelerate the process would be much appreciated.  There are some new, perishable, operational opportunities which we do not want to miss out on.”

What “reengagement” would that be? It would appear that Steele fully expected to work hand in hand with Bob Mueller just as he did with Ohr and Strzok and everyone involved with PutinGate before Mueller showed up.

The rest of the comments center on how Mueller apparently hadn’t gotten back to him regarding the questions he’d submitted. It takes a “special relationship” for a British spy to expect an American special counsel to answer his questions and keep him apprised of all investigative matters, including information related to the congressional probe of Steele himself. Especially information related to the congressional probe of Steele himself.

Let’s make no mistake as to what is happening here. A foreign spy, sensing his activities are being detected by the government of the country in which he’s spying (on the host country’s president, no less), is asking for and likely receiving “any and all information” related to said investigation.

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THE BIG PICTURE:

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The big picture here remains the same; we merely have more details to fill in the blanks.

The smear firm hired by the Clinton camp to go after PDT, Fusion GPS, was in direct contact with the FBI for most of 2016 and 2017. Bruce Ohr was their primary contact, though I wouldn’t be shocked to discover more soon. 

Now, we have questions as to what kind, if any, contact was made between King Bob’s team and Christopher Steele. These messages exonerate Mueller in that particular regard, though it can hardly be said that no evidence exists of an ongoing working relationship between the two parties. Given the demonstrable link between Steele, Simpson and both Ohr’s, it’s not exactly a stretch to imagine direct contact with the special counsel’s office itself.

Hell, why not just cut out the middle man (Ohr)?

Maybe it’s because King Bob isn’t dumb enough to keep an electronic record of his correspondence.

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MORE ISIS IN AMERICA

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Every leftist and open borders RINO should have to read this piece aloud every day on the Senate floor for the next week.

You’re never going to believe this, but a jihadist lied about his background in order to gain entry into the U.S. as a refugee.

I know, CrRrrAzY, right?? If only we had someone to tell us these sorts of things happen. Well, come to think of it, there were those 63 million Trump voters back in 2016.


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The U.S. government is preparing to extradite an Iraqi refugee from California wanted in his home country in connection with an ISIS-related killing of a police officer.

Omar Ameen was arrested yesterday in Sacramento where he settled after being granted refugee status. Authorities allege he was a member of al Qaeda in Iraq and ISIS before he fled to America to seek asylum from the war he’d been taking part in.
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For those unfamiliar, al Qaeda in Iraq was the precursor to ISIS. They’re a very vicious gang. In fact they were so vicious that their tactics eventually led to the “Awakening” councils that took back Iraq. They were originally led by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a career terrorist that wasn’t nearly as good at hiding as he thought.
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Ameen, who was in the process of attaining a friggin green card, is wanted in Iraq for the murder of a police officer in 2014  in the town of Rawa. An Iraqi warrant for his arrest was issued in May. He made an initial appearance in court in the Eastern District of California on Wednesday. His next court date is Monday afternoon and is being held in the Sacramento County jail in the meantime. Thank God he didn’t have the judge from New Mexico or he’d be in the streets as we speak.
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Ameen already applied for refugee status to the United States when the killing took place, authorities say. He had gone to Turkey in 2012 and applied to US Customs and Immigrations Services there.
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According to the court documents: “Ameen concealed his true identity as a member of (Al-Qaeda in Iraq) and ISIS to immigrate to the United States. He lied about his background and the circumstances of his departure from Iraq in order to evade detection, seeking to blend into the flow of legitimate refugees fleeing the conflict zone.”
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Ameen said then that his father had been killed for cooperating with the military and also claimed that he and a brother had been kidnapped by a Shiite militant group in 2012. Maury says #ThatWasALie (both of them). Ameen’s father died from a blood clot. Ameen said he escaped the abductors and the brother was never heard from again. The court documents say the brother was the subject of a warrant in November 2012 and Ameen changed his story later, admitting his brother was alive.
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The FBI said it has been investigating Ameen since 2016:
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“As part of this investigation, the FBI has interviewed at least eight witnesses, and received documents from Iraq, which corroborate Ameen’s involvement with AQI and ISIS, including the murder that is alleged in the extradition request,” the court document says. It alleges that Ameen was a “main local figure” in the terror groups affiliates in Rawa, where he was born and lived.
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EVERYONE FROM HIS HOMETOWN KNEW HE WAS A TERRORIST. IT WAS COMMON KNOWLEDGE
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In fact, Ameen was the subject of three prior warrants in Iraq, the documents say. Two were issued before he came to our country. One from 2011 involved a killing not described in the US filings. God only knows what happened there.
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Nevertheless, his refugee application was approved in early June 2014, just before the police officer was slain.
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Great vetting job, people.
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BIG PICTURE:

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KEEP THE TRAVEL BAN. BUILD THE WALL.

I’m tired of living in a stupid country.

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NO PARADE THIS YEAR =(

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Everyone who was excited for the Veteran’s Day military parade will just have to wait, it seems. The Pentagon announced it’s postponed until at least next year.

 

Pentagon spokesman Col. Rob Manning said in a statement that the Defense Department and White House have agreed to explore potential dates for the parade in 2019.

“The Department of Defense and White House have been planning a parade to honor America’s military veterans and commemorate the centennial of World War I. We originally targeted November 10, 2018 for this event but have now agreed to explore opportunities in 2019,” said a Pentagon statement.


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WHY THE CANCELLATION?

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Simple: cost.

The cancellation came just hours after the Defense Department released an updated cost estimate for the parade, which pegged the price tag for the event at $92 million, including $50 million from the Pentagon and $42 million from interagency partners.

That figure is significantly higher than an initial estimate that three U.S. defense officials provided last month. That estimate pegged the cost of the parade at closer to $12 million.

Only the government could have that big of a disparity between estimates done only months apart from one another. 

Simply put, the cost of the parade wasn’t politically palatable. It was originally planned for Nov. 10, just days after the midterm elections. It has long been the focus of scrutiny of the Swamp, who immediately transform into strict budget hawks as soon as anything to do with PDT shows up in a budget. The narrative of unnecessary spending had already taken hold and the new, higher estimate only added fuel to the fire. .

That narrative has been pretty successful. Plans for the parade are widely unpopular with Americans in polls, with 61% of voters opposing the plans even before the latest costs were announced. Just 26% said they supported it.


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BIG PICTURE:

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You win some, you lose some. We lost this one.

There are worse things to lose, I suppose. While I loved the idea of a parade honoring our warriors, I understand the argument on the other side. I only listen to it when it comes from true right-wingers, though.

Maybe we’ll get ’em next year.

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