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The FBI Tragedy: Elites above the Law

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Posted By: MissMolly, 6/12/2019 5:10:03 AM

One of the media and beltway orthodoxies we constantly hear is that just a few bad apples under James Comey at the FBI explain why so many FBI elites have been fired, resigned, reassigned, demoted, or retired — or just left for unexplained reasons. The list is long and includes director James Comey himself, deputy director Andrew McCabe, counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok, attorney Lisa Page, chief of staff James Rybicki, general counsel James Baker, assistant director for public affairs Mike Kortan, Comey’s special assistant Josh Campbell, executive assistant director James Turgal, assistant director for office of congressional affairs Greg Bower, executive assistant director Michael Steinbach,

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Reply 1 - Posted by: jeffkinnh 6/12/2019 5:59:26 AM (No. 96403)
Excellent article and VERY good questions. They talk about the "culture" of the FBI. What was the culture that allowed such a vast swath of "leadership" to act in such a corrupt manner? The FBI exercises vast powers. Dangerous powers if unchecked, as they certainly were here. A rogue agent misbehaving is a straightforward thing to fix. A culture of criminality is not. How are they different from a Mafia? Or a drug cartel? Can a powerful criminal group be reformed from the inside? Or must equally vast pressure and oversight be applied? But the most important thing to remember is THEY DID NOT DO THIS ON THEIR OWN! The CIA, NSA, DOJ, State Dept, White House, UN ambassador, foreign governments, and others were IN ON THIS and there was likely leadership at the White House. There was intent, focus, and coordination in these efforts. So the question is, when large elements of the government are corrupted, do you expect it to be self correcting? What corrective force must be applied? And it goes beyond that. Our media is so biased and corrupt that they are supporting all this illegality rather than questioning it and fighting against it. What do you do when your watch dogs turn vicious and attack you? It's a gigantic mess and the path to a solution is unclear. You can fire people but how do you deal with a corrupt culture so widely spread?
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Reply 2 - Posted by: Nephilim 6/12/2019 6:18:42 AM (No. 96407)
Victor Davis Hanson at his best (when is he otherwise) asking the correct questions. From Mr. Hanson's mouth to Barr's ears, these questions MUST be answered. I guess I'll now have to add Mr. Hanson to my prayer list along with Mr. Barr, President Trump, Mr. Fitton, and all the rest of the people that are lifting up the rocks and exposing what's underneath. Must read!
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Reply 3 - Posted by: Paperpuncher 6/12/2019 6:43:57 AM (No. 96416)
Dr. Hanson is a national treasure. I read anything I can find from him. Yes, we have a really big mess and I don't know if it is possible to clean up. Hoping Attorney General Barr is the real thing and many indictments are to follow.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: udanja99 6/12/2019 7:13:52 AM (No. 96439)
The third paragraph is chock full of “why” questions about the various perpetrators at the FBI. Here’s the answer - they did it because 0bama told them to do it and because they are all members of the “0bama is the messiah” cult.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: Pearson365 6/12/2019 7:18:36 AM (No. 96442)
Exceptional article. Two things pop out from VDH’s analysis: 1. Did these senior FBI officials ignore their oaths of office and the laws they supposedly enforce because they put their Democrat Party loyalties first? Clearing Hillary of her gross abuse of national security by using a private, unsecured email server should have been the first clue that Party comes before country. 2. While Sean Hanitty and others are required to praise “rank & file agents” before criticizing Comey and his thugs, can we assume that if these hard working agents were promoted to FBI hqs that they could act any differently when it came to politics? Bureaucracy creates Democrat loyalists, and Mueller, Comey, McCabe clearly demonstrated their party loyalty.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: Rinktum 6/12/2019 7:25:14 AM (No. 96446)
Thank you, VDH. Your words are enlightening and always worth reading. While the actual crimes may be complex, the solution is rather simple. What is the dicey part of all this intrigue, collusion, conspiracy and criminal activity is if AG Barr and his team can restore the principe of equality under the law. It will take an extreme effort to see this through to the end regardless of where the trail leads. Do we as a government have the moxie to hold the politically elite to the same legal standards as anyone else who breaks the law? It can’t be overstated that the American people want to see equal justice under the law upheld. We are tired of the rich, famous and politically connected being given a pass. How we deal with this will define who we are as a country. Are we who we always believed ourselves to be or are we nothing more than a bunch of corrupt bureaucrats doing the bidding of the political elites. There is far too much evidence in the public square to do anything but follow the law and hold everyone involved responsible to a person regardless of status. Does AG Barr have the stomach for it or will we see a few underlings prosecuted while the political elites at the top are given a pass. God give AG Barr and his team wisdom, safety and strength for the battle ahead. It is going to be as important as any battle in which this country has ever been engaged. Pray for the good guys.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: George R. 6/12/2019 7:34:19 AM (No. 96450)
I firmly believe: the praise of the "rank and file" members of the FBI is in actuality a prayer that it is so! The curruptocrats came from the "rank and file"!
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Reply 8 - Posted by: rusino 6/12/2019 7:37:25 AM (No. 96451)
VDH laid this expose’ of the upper echelon of the FBI like a Surgeon!...What an operation!
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Reply 9 - Posted by: F15 Gork 6/12/2019 7:47:09 AM (No. 96456)
Given the lack of “good FBI” agents stepping forward to drop a dime on these rats, I suspect the entire agency is rotten from the top to the bottom. Go along to get along is rewarded with a government pension after 20 years....That and raw power is what it’s all about.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: bubby 6/12/2019 7:53:33 AM (No. 96458)
FTA "We are told, however, that the FBI’s culture and institutions are exempt from the widespread wrongdoing at the top. Such caution is a fine and fitting thing, given the FBI’s more than a century of public service. Nonetheless, many of those caught up in the controversies over the Russian-collusion hoax were not recent career appointees. Rather, many came up through the ranks of the FBI. And that raises the question, for example, of where exactly Peter Strzok (22 years in the FBI) learned that he had a right to interfere in a U.S. election to damage a candidate that he opposed." This corrupt culture was not cured by FBI Director Wray's bias training! What a joke! The FBI is corrupt and needs to be radically overhauled. The first step is to remove it from intelligence gathering. The FBI has had little success in this area to my understanding regarding domestic/foreign terrorists in the country. Further when the top FBI officials are corrupt there is great probability that field agents are also corrupt or corruptible or they will quit when asked to compromise. The FBI was originally established to fight organized crime but has morphed into an organized crime unit itself to fight Republicans. My suggestion is to keep and enhance the centralized fingerprint file database and the crime laboratory. Keep only the agents needed for those functions. The remaining agents can apply for State and local law enforcement positions. The Federal funding no longer necessary for the FBI will be set aside for the States to use only for LE and specifically the hiring of former FBI agents. This country was founded without a Federal police force for good reason. Our Founders in their wisdom knew that a Federal police force would eventually become corrupted by politicians. We are witnessing the corruption of the FBI on a scale never thought possible. The Democrats have corrupted the FBI starting with Mark Felt’s hatred of Nixon, the 500 FBI files found in Hillary’s White House office to today’s surveillance of candidate and now President Trump. Something more than a few early retirements or demotions needs to be done! IMHO
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Reply 11 - Posted by: rsgonner 6/12/2019 8:16:09 AM (No. 96479)
My long-serving, and supposedly conservative "republican" congressman repeatedly and condescendingly schooled me on the virtues of Mueller whenever I would write to him questioning this whole Witch Hunt. And let's not forget the idiotic political stunts by "republican" lawmakers in proposing bills to protect Mueller. The Culture of Elitism must be in the water supply of DC. It infects virtually anyone who is drawn to that swamp. Having been asked to testify as a subject expert, I found myself drawn to it myself. Then I returned home and reality, thankfully, hit me upside my head. However, if I had stayed there for any length of time......The answer? I wish I had one.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: Krause 6/12/2019 8:37:55 AM (No. 96497)
The media is actually a co-conspirator in this subversion. Because they hate Trump so much, they throw in with the bad guys. There has to be serious consequences for supposedly 'news' networks.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: Muguy 6/12/2019 8:39:22 AM (No. 96499)
It would be interesting to study the REAL pedigrees and qualifications of those involved who took part in this effort-- I saw this the other day--A meme which said "James Comey answered "I don't know", "I don't' recall", and "I don't remember" 236 times while under Oath but remembered enough about it all to write a book". Will rogue agents 'colluding' to undermine the President be held accountable? There were a LOT of names that will need to be held accountable.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: HisHandmaiden 6/12/2019 8:47:54 AM (No. 96507)
VDH is indeed a National Treasure and these are excellent questions... and those of us who have read Sidney Powell’s ‘License to Lie’ knew first-hand that Mueller is a dishonest, duplicitous snake, confirmed by the treatment of Mrs. Paul Manafort and Mrs. Stone, and continues with the NY snakes moving Mr, Manafort. Prayers for our genius President and his team, his family, AG Barr, and his team. In the meantime, remember, ‘“Vengeance is Mine,” saith the LORD.’
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Reply 15 - Posted by: MDConservative 6/12/2019 8:48:19 AM (No. 96508)
FTA: "Fairly or not, the current FBI tragedy is that an American citizen should be duly worried about his constitutional rights any time he is approached by such senior FBI officials. That is not a slur on the rank and file, but the legacy of the supposed best and brightest of the agency and their distortions of the bureau’s once professional creed." Once again, excuse the "rank and file" for what is undoubtedly a metastasized cancer on the FBI, Federal law enforcement and intelligence communities. This is no less than simply blaming Erich Honecker or Erich Milke for the evil actions of the Stasi's 85,000 domestic spies and web of 170,000 civilian informants. Not one of the Bureau's "rank and file" came forward in this matter to impede or end the madness. They put pensions ahead of duty. The "Blue Shield", "Police Omerta" descended and held - cops don't rat on other cops. Or, one must believe no one outside this tight ring knew anything of this affair. We already know DOJ and the Bureau are crooked. The FBI, indeed the entire Department of Justice doubtless requires fumigation, not forgiveness or a blind eye towards this COUP attempt. The same applies to our intelligence community, all of it. As Lois Lerner and John Koskinen clearly demonstrated with their abuse of the IRS, crime does pay - or at least go unpunished. This must end. Perp walks and long stretches of hard time need to be meted out to the criminals involved in this ruthless plot to deceive the American people and unseat a President of the United States.
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Reply 16 - Posted by: Clinger 6/12/2019 9:05:35 AM (No. 96529)
The truth about the coup has been slowly rising up the food chain to ever more respected outlets. I appreciate VDH's caution and that's one reason he's so well respected. When has he ever had to offer a retraction? But this is not just old news but in the context of news very old news, an observation, not intended to be a criticism. Different levels of town crier serve different purposes, VDH sits atop in my book. Now that VDH has weighed in so substantively about Mueller I think it's high time to go back and unwravel all of the glowing praise we heard about what a great trustworthy custodian of justice he is. It is clear that he didn't go off the straight and narrow in pursuit of Trump but that he has a history of acting as though he's special and it's ok for him to trample all over the rights of others. I'd like an accounting from those who spoke so highly of Mueller. Clearly their loyalty to the elitist swam trumps any sliver of loyalty to the constitution and the unwashed deplorables who bitterly cling on to its ideals.
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Reply 17 - Posted by: bpl40 6/12/2019 9:26:48 AM (No. 96548)
One (huge!) problem with the headline. Only Left Wing, Liberal elites seem to enjoy this immunity. Have you seen a Conservative, Republican receive these 'blessings"?
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Reply 18 - Posted by: ledbythnose 6/12/2019 9:37:23 AM (No. 96559)
Here is another Government ABC agency that was originally formed to make sure the Whiskey Makers payed the Revenuers . Born in an un Constitutional Quagmire and led by a cross dressing Pervert. And who over the years have indiscriminately murdered hundreds if not thousands of Americans . I could start naming the laundry list but I think you all know the ones am talking about. And we are supposed to revere this Hive of Despots? What does it say about a People that sit back and allow this kind of oppression? The FBI /CIA et all are a self inflicted head wound being celebrated by a Society that has completely abandoned our Constitution and what the Founders intended . And we sit here trying to tell ourselves there are honorable men in their ranks to avoid the obvious. I fear for the life my Grandchildren will be faced with when I am gone. This Republic can not survive another Generation of this
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Reply 19 - Posted by: bigfatslob 6/12/2019 9:55:20 AM (No. 96580)
There is no 'rank and file' FBI the entire bunch is rotten. I don't respect them because their corruption started with J. Edgar Hoover. The entire FBI should be dismantled, not fired one by one but dissolved and start over.
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Reply 20 - Posted by: TXLakeRat 6/12/2019 10:04:35 AM (No. 96594)
Excellent article, VDH. As always. One small complaint. That culture of corruption is continuing as evidenced by Wray's personal indoctrination and public defense of the FBI and continued obstruction of FOIA and oversight requests. Wray is part of the problem WRAY MUST GO!!! DRAIN THE SWAMP!!!
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Reply 21 - Posted by: LC Chihuahua 6/12/2019 10:21:51 AM (No. 96606)
One thing we can thank Trump for is we are seeing how corrupt our government truly is. If they would treat Trump like this, one must ask how they would treat an ordinary citizen that happened to get in the way. We entrust our government to run things in an honest and competent manner, and they have betrayed that trust.
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Reply 22 - Posted by: gone2pot 6/12/2019 10:23:55 AM (No. 96609)
FBI Tragedy? No. This is a tragedy for you and me. How many innocent people you've ever heard of are rotting in prison because this agency illegally put them there? None? Really? I know of four for sure and so do you from the Whitey Bulger case. Mueller isn't the one who PUT them there but he was the one who was caught knowingly keeping them there and then he was greatly rewarded. The Sean Hannity "good rank and file" members is a joke. Rank and file members took an oath of office and it was NOT to the FBI nor the DOJ nor the federal government. It was an oath to the Constitution and EVERY "good rank and file" member has failed it, period and probably because they see the rewards, the immense and great rewards for failing it. DUHHHH!!! But here's the deal and it is also the bottom line. Not one of the elites (including the FISA judges who ARE in on the coup) give a rat's rear end what you, me, Rush, Levin, VDH or anyone else thinks or exposes. Think about it. Their money spends and most of them, if not all, are millionaires that YOU paid with your tax money. They are above the law and they are financially above you and I as well. They will never, and I say it confidently, NEVER be indicted, tried, convicted and jailed for their crimes. Maybe the first two will happen so that Ms Graham can fool conservatives into voting for him but the last two will NEVER happen and so NOTHING will happen to them for their out in the open crimes they have committed and crimes they ARE committing right this minute. As well done as VDH wrote his article, the tragedy is NOT an FBI tragedy. Everyone with a window office inside the 495 Beltway is part of what makes this a national tragedy. You see, organizations do not experience tragedy. Innocent citizens who are abused by those organizations, experience the tragedy while people inside the organizations who cause the abuse experience great and rich rewards, NOT tragedies. We have completely forgotten that. But talking it to death does sell a hell of a lot of pillows and sheets.
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Reply 23 - Posted by: stuBdoc 6/12/2019 10:27:39 AM (No. 96619)
There is more than just partisanship and political ideology at work here. There is much self-interest, as many of these players were rewarded under Obama and knew that they would continue to be rewarded under Clinton if elected. They were also aware that their skulduggery would be hidden under Clinton and probably considered a show of loyalty; as Hillary pointed out, if Trump were elected, they all would hang. As is true with Congress, one must always consider "qui bono" (who benefits) when trying to understand motivations for otherwise unexplainable behavior.
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Reply 24 - Posted by: bighambone 6/12/2019 10:29:11 AM (No. 96620)
All this politically based corruption was allowed to occur at the FBI and CIA because the so-called “elite” leadership in those agencies put in place by the Obama Administration, as well as others, do not consider themselves to be apolitical bureaucrats, but as members of the DC political “Swamp” leadership. Then heap on the Obama “Chicago Way” Administration guiding that politically based corruption and the perfect storm was unleashed against Donald Trump, his family, his campaign, and his Administration. That is why a close hold was kept over those politically based investigations at FBI Headquarters in DC and was not assigned to an FBI Field Office as are other investigations. The prospect of a political “outsider” such as Donald Trump elected President by the “Deplorable” American people, who reside in another world outside highly political DC, who could not be controlled by the DC political “Swamp” with a political agenda aiming at draining the “insider” DC political “Swamp” was absolutely not going be tolerated by the “elites” at FBI Headquarters and that’s why we find the country as it is today with endless “insider” created investigations and proposed persecutions, with Democrat Presidential candidates proposing a looney tune criminal justice procedure that would imprison President Trump for committing “potential” crimes.
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Reply 25 - Posted by: Strike3 6/12/2019 10:41:24 AM (No. 96624)
Somebody please inform Sean Hannity of this news. Obama corrupted everything he touched and the FBI did not escape the kenyan disease. He even ruined the Secret Service with a flood of affirmative action hires who thought they could get away with binging on prostitutes outside of the country and were dumb enough to tell the "girls" that they were SS. Newsflash, girls are more impressed if you claim to be a SEAL or a fighter pilot. The FBI and our intelligence agencies are still packed with Obama-worshippers. What are we going to do about that? Once you have gone over to the dark side there is no coming back.
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Reply 26 - Posted by: Lonestar Jack 6/12/2019 10:58:17 AM (No. 96643)
I do not know about you but I am tired of "The FBI is the greatest intelligence entity in the world", and "The problem is just on the top level and not any of the hundreds of hard working, willing to put their life on the line rank and file members". I am sure they all took the same oath: “I, xx, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.” Now, how could any of these 35,000 FBI members not see what was going on? These people are the greatest in the world we are told over and over. Didn't the secretaries know or were they oath breakers also? How about the IT technicians? mail room clerks? overheard in the men's room? and so on? It is hard to believe there were none willing to defend our Constitution and not anxious to come forward and blow the whistle. That is what intelligence is all about -- being smart enough to ferret out traitors etc. I say balderdash -- Start with phony Cris Wray and polygraph the whole crew. Flunk and you are out! Just take the FIOA requests for FBI 302's (minutes of the meeting) that the FBI "lost" or the broken CD's (ever try to break a CD?) concerning almost any investigation.
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Reply 27 - Posted by: planetgeo 6/12/2019 11:26:39 AM (No. 96670)
The most significant word in this brilliant article, and the one which explains why cleaning up the FBI (or any other DC institution) is virtually impossible (99.9% probability), is the word "culture". That is, an integrated pattern of human knowledge, belief, and behavior. The outlook, attitudes, values, morals, goals, and customs shared by a society. In this case specifically, DC culture. If "power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely", then DC, the absolute center of absolute power is and always will be absolutely corrupt. It attracts the kind of people who are drawn to it, and it ultimately wears down or seduces those who come there to uncorrupt it. EVERYONE is in on the game. The politicians, the media, the businesses, the schools...EVERYONE. Do I need to cite the voting statistics for DC, the incoming pauper politicians who exit as millionaires? No one person, whether Trump or Barr or anyone else, is going to fix it by firing or jailing just enough of the corruptocrats. In time, the corruptosphere morphs itself back into its inherently self-protective structure. As a result nobody has to give any orders. They all know what needs to be done. And what needs to be done isn't to protect the country or its constitution, it's to protect the hive's culture. The queen bee was defeated, so the hive must resist and destroy the interloper. Ergo the frenzied non-stop buzz. Maybe the Big Bee Keeper in the Sky can give us a sign on how to smoke them all out, maybe relocate the hive from time to time. Hope we don't have to torch it.
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Reply 28 - Posted by: NotaBene 6/12/2019 11:33:29 AM (No. 96676)
Christopher Wray should be fired. The FBI rank and file dissolved and transferred to US Marshalls or DHS. The misdeeds of Lois Lerner and the IRS against True the Vote need to be punished. The CIA was in the coup, as was DOS, while DoD paid Stefan Halper. What the FBI did to Paul Manafort is what should be done to them.
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Reply 29 - Posted by: mc squared 6/12/2019 12:00:51 PM (No. 96699)
VDH and Hannity are careful to not to besmirch the rank and file FBI folks. But put yourself in their position. You may be asked to falsify testimony because your boss says it would be bad for your career if you don't. It would take superman to refuse to go along. Eventually, you become someone's supervisor and if lying worked for you you will expect it from your staff. Inbreeding is bad in nature and as bad or worse in law enforcement.
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Reply 30 - Posted by: humboldt 6/12/2019 12:16:08 PM (No. 96709)
Excellent article that destroys the prattle constantly peddled by Hannity that "99%" of those in the F.B.I., C.I.A. and other protective federal agencies are "outstanding patriotic, loyal, hardworking Americans." Certainly the large majority are, but the danger in Hannity's type of thinking is that it leads to the view that getting rid of the "bad apples" at the top will magically solve what are actually deep systemic problems that warp even low-level persons rising through the ranks. The cultures must be changed, which involves "cleaning the Augean Stables."
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Reply 31 - Posted by: Ebuilder 6/12/2019 12:45:15 PM (No. 96740)
Great analysis, but considering Shumer's comment about "you mess with the communication departments and they have 6 ways to Sunday to get you" , we see quite clearly that the treasonous corruption goes deep, and everyone knows, and they have somehow made a separate peace with it. Another reason to stand in awe of Trump: he knows everyone is a backstabber or a coward. He knows they are drugged and perverted. He knows that in trying to drain the swamp, these empty people will play to resist him, or kill him, or bring it all down in smoke and ash. What would motivate a man WITH EVERYTHING -- including a stunning wife and first lady -- to risk his life, fortune. and sacred honor to restore America's reputation? So old fashioned. So "absurdly" heroic. And the fallen of the world can never understand.
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Reply 32 - Posted by: Eagle4ever 6/12/2019 1:59:26 PM (No. 96795)
The FBI has been a corrupt institution from its inception. J Egar Hoover and his secret files.Illegal wiretaps. Corrupt agents. Mark Felt aka DeepThroat, illegally leaking to the press. The Boston office framing 4 innocent men for murder. When will it stop?? It must be disbanded, only keep the crime lab.
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Reply 33 - Posted by: anniebc 6/12/2019 2:10:33 PM (No. 96802)
Let's face it. Normal regular people don't seek to work in government anymore. It's mostly the people who have an agenda and want to subvert the Constitution and change America in their image under the cover of darkness in one agency after another. The FBI, CIA, etc. are corrupt, but so is the EPA, DOE, HHS, USDOS, USAA, USAID, LOC, and every other government agency that exists. Leftists can't win at the ballot box, so they have to work undercover. They care more about tearing down than we do about building up or maintaining. We still naively believe that people go to work for government to do good. Time to wake up. Conservatives, as others have stated here, can't even trust our own elected Republican officials. Trust no one in government until they prove themselves trustworthy. And then, watch them like a hawk. Lindsey Graham, for example, caused many to trust him because of his actions during the recent Supreme Court nomination and hearings, but what has he done since he ascended to the leadership role of the Judiciary. Talk. He's all over TV talking, but taking little to no action to help bring the criminals in the FBI to justice. He's just talking loud and saying nothing.
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Reply 34 - Posted by: weejun 6/12/2019 3:41:01 PM (No. 96875)
The answer as to how elitists in the FBI et al could come to think they needed to take action against Trump is simple: they - along with many government bureaucrats - have conveniently forgotten exactly who they work for: the American people. In 1968, I was commissioned a new 2nd lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force along with some 600+ of my classmates at the Air Force Academy. One of my classmates' commissioning officer gave his squadron mates these simple words after swearing them all in to be Air Force officers. He pointed to the U.S. insignia on the lapels of their Air Force uniforms and said, "that's who you work for, guys. Don't ever forget it!" Sadly, many in Washington either ignore or have forgotten this, and that's why the swamp HAS to be drained.
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Reply 35 - Posted by: Ebuilder 6/12/2019 5:05:40 PM (No. 96934)
[mess with the "communication departments" should be "intelligence departments] ….
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Reply 36 - Posted by: kono 6/12/2019 7:01:24 PM (No. 97012)
Getting rid of the PREVIEW capability isn't bloody helpful when there's still no EDIT function. Good grief. Without any provision for catching or fixing errors, the site should only register perfect users any more..
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Posted by MissMolly 6/13/2019 4:19:50 PM Post Reply
One was caught red-handed engaged in nepotism. Another, a lawyer no less, admitted to shoplifting at a Marine barracks store. A third leaked sealed court information to the news media. And a fourth engaged in fraud by turning a government garage into a personal repair shop. Four cases, all solved in the past month, with suspects who cost taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars and significant breaches of public trust. But these weren’t your everyday perps. All were U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) employees who are supposed to catch other criminals while working for the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and U.S. attorneys’ offices.
Hey Joe Biden, Here Are
Some Scandals You Forgot
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Posted by MissMolly 6/13/2019 4:14:21 PM Post Reply
“Know what I was most proud of?” presidential candidate Joe Biden told a crowd on Wednesday. “For eight years, there wasn’t one single hint of a scandal or a lie.” In an era where every presidential tweet is an existential threat to democracy, there are probably plenty of people who believe this myth. Off the bat, though, it should be mentioned that even liberal factchecking outfit PolitiFact once awarded Barack Obama the “Lie of Year” for misleading the American people about his technocratic health-care plan. Our former vice president, no slouch about misleading the public on the ACA, probably forgot.
U.S. soccer stars embarrass themselves
at Women's World Cup
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Posted by MissMolly 6/13/2019 5:10:58 AM Post Reply
Yesterday at the Women’s World Cup, the U.S. defeated Thailand 13-0. The lopsidedness of the result is further proof that the tournament is a second rate sporting event. Soccer is the world’s game, but women’s soccer is not. Not many countries take women’s soccer seriously and, with the possible exception of the U.S., those that do don’t take it nearly as seriously as they take men’s soccer. Hence, mismatches like the U.S.-Thailand farce. There just aren’t enough competent women’s teams in some continents to make up a strong world cup field. At the real World Cup, a mismatch like yesterday’s is nearly impossible. If the best men’s team from Europe
What We’ve Learned about Jussie Smollett 6 replies
Posted by MissMolly 6/13/2019 5:05:15 AM Post Reply
It’s been a few weeks since March 26, when all charges against Jussie Smollett were dropped and the actor declared that his version of events had been proven correct. How’s that going? Smollett’s celebrity defenders have gone quiet. His publicists and lawyers are dodging reporters. The @StandwithJussie Twitter account has ten followers. Smollett’s boss on Empire, showrunner Lee Daniels, now says he is “beyond embarrassed” that he rushed to defend the actor when Smollett first started telling that badly scripted story about his staged attack by a pair of supposed Trump fanatics who at the time seemed to be the only people in America who even knew
California’s Progressive Betrayal 2 replies
Posted by MissMolly 6/13/2019 4:56:02 AM Post Reply
The recent California Democratic Party convention in San Francisco exposed the divide between the state’s progressive and working-class voters. Progressives, in their militant certitude, support left-wing policies that often don’t affect them; it’s the working class that suffers the consequences of these proposals. But the Green New Deal, widely embraced by party leaders, pushed too far, triggering a backlash at the convention. The state’s private-sector labor unions, notably the building trades, organized a “Blue Collar Revolution” protest against the Democrats’ climate legislation. The Democrats are calling for the elimination of fossil fuels by 2030, which would result in California’s immiseration, especially for workers in the state’s energy-production sector, the nation’s fourth-largest.
Top Hoyer Aide Coordinated Steele
Dossier Work With Key Obama State Department Officials
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Posted by MissMolly 6/13/2019 4:51:28 AM Post Reply
WASHINGTON—Daniel Silverberg, then-House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer’s national security adviser, coordinated “work on Russia dossier materials provided by Christopher Steele” with Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland and Special Envoy for Libya Jonathan Winer, according to newly released documents made public June 12 by Judicial Watch. A series of emails between Sept. 26, 2016, and Dec. 10, 2016, demonstrate that Winer shared “Russia-related information” he obtained from Steele—whom he described as his “old O friend”—with Nuland, who then shared it with Silverberg.
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Oberlin College hit with maximum
(capped at $22 million by law) in Gibson’s Bakery case
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Posted by shalimar 6/13/2019 3:27:19 PM Post Reply
The jury just rendered its verdict on punitive damages in the Gibson’s Bakery v. Oberlin College case. Daniel McGraw, our reporter in the courtroom, reports that in addition to the $11.2 million compensatory damages awarded last Friday, the jury awarded a total of $22 million. That brings the total damages to $33 million. We will have the breakdown soon. The jury also awarded attorney’s fees, to be determined by the judge. In closing argument, Gibson’s lawyer Lee Plakas argued: “Why is the country watching you. Because the country agrees that what happened to the Gibsons should not happen to anyone, but could happen to everyone.”
Mitt Romney slams Trump for saying
he would accept 'foreign dirt' on rivals: 'Simply unthinkable'
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Posted by tisHimself 6/13/2019 10:58:00 PM Post Reply
Senator Mitt Romney has slammed Donald Trump for saying that he would accept dirt on a political opponent from a foreign government, saying the president’s remarks are “simply unthinkable.” Mr Romney, who was the 2012 Republican nominee for president before winning his Senate seat last year, said during an impromptu interview with reporters that he would contact the FBI immediately if a foreign government approached him in that way.
Special Counsel recommends firing
Kellyanne Conway over alleged
Hatch Act violations
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Posted by Harlowe 6/13/2019 1:22:33 PM Post Reply
The Office of Special Counsel recommended Thursday that Kellyanne Conway be fired from the federal government for violating the Hatch Act on “numerous occasions.” The Hatch Act is a federal law that limits certain political activities of federal employees. The OSC, which is separate from the office with a similar name previously run by Robert Mueller, said in a scathing report released Thursday that White House Counselor Conway violated the Hatch Act by “disparaging Democratic presidential candidates while speaking in her official capacity during television interviews and on social media.
Bernie: ‘A Lot Of People In The
Country Would Be Delighted To
Pay More In Taxes’
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Posted by JoniTx 6/13/2019 6:33:47 AM Post Reply
Democrat presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said on Wednesday night during a CNN interview that "a lot of people" would love to pay more in taxes if it meant that they got government-run health care. (Video) "But as you know, the taxes in many of those countries are much higher than they are in individual and personal tax are much higher than they are in the United States," CNN's Anderson Cooper said."Yeah, but I suspect that a lot of people in the country would be delighted to pay more in taxes if they had comprehensive health care as a human right," Sanders responded.
'I think I’d take it': In exclusive interview,
Trump says he would listen if foreigners
offered dirt on opponents
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Posted by M2 6/13/2019 8:04:55 AM Post Reply
President Donald Trump may not alert the FBI if foreign governments offered damaging information against his 2020 rivals during the upcoming presidential race, he said, despite the deluge of investigations stemming from his campaign's interactions with Russians during the 2016 campaign. Asked by ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos in the Oval Office on Wednesday whether his campaign would accept such information from foreigners -- such as China or Russia -- or hand it over the FBI, Trump said, "I think maybe you do both." "I think you might want to listen, there isn't anything wrong with listening," Trump continued. "If somebody called from a country,
Give Congressmen a Pay Raise?
Pelosi: 'It's Not a Pay Raise,
It's a COLA Increase'
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Posted by JoniTx 6/13/2019 2:39:35 PM Post Reply
At her weekly news conference, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was asked whether it's appropriate at this time for Congress to give itself a pay raise."It's not a pay raise, it's a COLA increase," Pelosi responded. "And whether that comes to be, I don't know. It would have to be a bipartisan initiative."In this case, Congress could allow itself a COLA (Cost of Living Adjustment) that would raise lawmakers' pay by $4,500 to $178,500, up from the current $174,000. (According to the Congressional Research Service, members of both the House and Senate are paid a salary of $174,000. The House and Senate majority and minority leaders are paid $193,400; and
'Thank you for letting me fend for
myself': High school valedictorian blasts
'alcoholic' teacher and 'unavailable' counselor
in shocking graduation speech
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Posted by JoniTx 6/13/2019 2:35:32 PM Post Reply
A California valedictorian took to the podium and slammed a teacher for being 'regularly intoxicated' and her counselor for leaving her to 'fend for herself' during her graduation speech.Nataly Buhr, a senior at San Ysidro High School in San Diego, opened her speech thanking the school, her parents, and a few teachers for being 'invested in the students' education and well being' on Thursday June 6. But then her address took a sharp turn when she called out the school's administrators and teachers for being negligent and failing to do their jobs. 'To the teacher that was regularly intoxicated during class this year,
Oberlin College pleads poverty to
jury deciding on punitive damages
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Posted by Magnante 6/13/2019 9:00:19 AM Post Reply
Yesterday saw the president (salary: over half a million dollars) of Oberlin College (with an endowment of $887.4 million) plead poverty to a jury in Lorrain County, Ohio (median household income: $54,932), urging them not add punitive damages of up to $22 million to the $11 million already awarded to Gibson’s Bakery. (snip) Gibson’s lawyers spent considerable time going over Oberlin College’s IRS Form 990, showing over $1 billion in assets and numerous employees earning over $100,000
House panel to hold hearing on
reparations for slavery next week
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Posted by NorthernDog 6/13/2019 11:25:57 PM Post Reply
Washington - A House panel will hold a hearing next week on the topic of reparations for slavery. The House Judiciary Committee's subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties is set to hold a hearing June 19 on legislation that would establish a commission to study the consequences and impacts of slavery and make recommendations for reparations proposals. The hearing is titled "H.R. 40 and the Path to Restorative Justice." (Snip) "While we have focused on the social effects of slavery and segregation, its continuing economic implications remain largely ignored by mainstream analysis," Jackson Lee said, adding, "These economic
New York City to unveil largest
rainbow pride flag in city’s history
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Posted by Ribicon 6/13/2019 11:45:26 AM Post Reply
Let your freak flag fly, New York! New York is coming out in a larger-than-life way this Pride Month, unveiling the biggest pride flag in the city’s history on Friday. But it won’t be a traditional cloth flag. Instead, the normally gray, concrete steps at Roosevelt Island’s Four Freedoms Park will be painted to resemble the iconic rainbow symbol for the gay rights movement. The fitting hashtag: #AscendWithPride. The location of the massive 12-foot-by-100-foot display of equality is no coincidence either. Four Freedoms State Park was established as a memorial to Franklin D. Roosevelt
U.S. soccer stars embarrass themselves
at Women's World Cup
22 replies
Posted by MissMolly 6/13/2019 5:10:58 AM Post Reply
Yesterday at the Women’s World Cup, the U.S. defeated Thailand 13-0. The lopsidedness of the result is further proof that the tournament is a second rate sporting event. Soccer is the world’s game, but women’s soccer is not. Not many countries take women’s soccer seriously and, with the possible exception of the U.S., those that do don’t take it nearly as seriously as they take men’s soccer. Hence, mismatches like the U.S.-Thailand farce. There just aren’t enough competent women’s teams in some continents to make up a strong world cup field. At the real World Cup, a mismatch like yesterday’s is nearly impossible. If the best men’s team from Europe
How Long Can The Media Ignore The Fact That
A Senior House Democrat Is Married To A Fraudster
22 replies
Posted by Pluperfect 6/13/2019 4:32:49 AM Post Reply
So far the media has managed to avert its eyes and studiously ignore a major story of corruption and malfeasance in Congress because to cover said story would totally destroy a narrative and expose them to allegations that they are racist. At the epicenter of this tale is the pustulent and rather dim Elijah Cummings from my current state of residence. Cummings is your typical product of the Maryland Democrat machine. The reek of corruption is always near him but never quite attaches to him because he is, as I said, the product of the Maryland Democrat machine and therefore bulletproof. Now all of that may be getting ready to change.
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