Sunday, July 22, 2018

FISA Documents on Carter Page released

What did we find out:

  • That the Steele dossier was not only a part of the dossier, but it was the the main piece used. Almost all of the facts used on the FISA warrant came directly from the dossier.
  • The FBI stated in the warrant that they had done due diligence to vet the facts from the FBI, and they claimed that said facts had been verified as accurate. The case supervisor signed the warrant under penalty of perjury that it was accurate. Obviously we know from sworn testimony (from a variety of hearings) that the FBI didn't verify the dossier, much less verify anything as accurate (the dossier was mostly inaccurate). 
  • That the sources used by Steele did not provide first hand information, but rather they used hear say evidence (in that they knew people who made claims). So in affect, the FBI relied on Steele, who they know relied on unknown sources, who relied on other source. All in all the FBI were using triple hearsay as facts for a FICA warrant. But claiming them as vetted.
  • That the warrant contained multiple references to "media reports" as evidence that Carter Page needed to be monitored. Moreover, it would appear that the sole reason for some of the renewals came from "media reports". 

Friday, July 20, 2018

Democrat offered immunity from his crime to testify against Republican who committed the same crime

The Podesta Group reportedly worked with Manafort -- a former chairman of Donald Trump's 2016 campaign -- to lobby on behalf of Ukrainian interests in the United States, without properly registering at the time under the Foreign Agent Registration Act (FARA), Carlson said. Manafort and the group worked on a campaign called the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine, the Washington Times reported.  
"In other words, for a near identical crime, Bill and Hillary's friend could escape and emerge completely unscathed while Paul Manafort may rot in jail," Carlson said. Podesta did not register as a foreign agent under FARA, Carlson said in a segment last October.
There really is two sets of laws. One for Democrats where nothing is a prosecutable crime, and one for Republican where they make up crimes as they go.

Weekly jobless claims lowest in nearly 50 years

The Labor department announced that the weekly jobless claims dropped to 207,000. The was the best report since 1969.

Generally anything under 300,000 is considered a strong labor market. 207,000 is ridiculously strong.

But of course a strong economy is much less important than what the President tweets or who he invites to the White house.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Are the Trump critics being hypocritical?

So... many people are upset that Trump left open the possibility that he might allow Americans to be questioned by Russian authorities. To me, this is a non-serious suggestion by Trump to prove a specific point.

The point being that if we, as a matter of national policy, decide to indict foreign nationals for actions that are not considered illegal in their country, that it invites other countries to do the same to us.

For us to declare diplomatic immunity when our citizens are being accused by foreign powers of criminal activity by their laws, while simultaneously indicting foreign actors for actions against our laws reeks of hypocrisy.

Now there are a ton of good reasons we do not criminalize actions such as election tampering, as have been written about by many. But one of the biggest reasons would be that setting this sort of precedent exposes  our own citizens to the same standards.

Personally I find these actions  (of setting national security policies) by Mueller as brash and arrogant. Nobody elected him to set this sort of policy, and it seems hardly his place to make these decisions for the country. Moreover it appears that Mueller's decisions are politically and personally motivated. It begs the question over who he consulted, if anyone, before making his decisions?

Every time Mueller indicts someone...

for issues nonrelated to collusion, the chances of actual collusion charges is reduced. 

While the media portraits every new indictment as a step closer to bringing down Trump, logic dictates that the opposite is true.

Mueller has now indicted the Russians believed responsible for the social media spam  as well as those believed  responsible for the hacking of the DNC and Clinton campaign servers. In niether case were any allegations of collusion part of the indictment. In both cases Mueller has passed off the cases to field offices for prosecution.

As has been pointed out by many, when you charge people with collusion, you would generally charge and prosecute any and all colluding parties together. You wouldn't run two prosecutions by two different teams. It makes no sense.

The most recent indictment was in regards to Maria Butina being charged with another "failure to register" crime. The indictment provided no allegations of any other parties involved, or any indication that Butina's actions were otherwise even illegal. That would logically conclude another dead end in the collusion snipe hunt. But your liberal media instead somehow demands the opposite is true.

It's not.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Trump and Putin

I've read several opinions about the Trump Putin summit, and Trump's insistence that our intelligence has been faulty throughout. These opinions range from limited support to calls of treason.

I find myself if the opinion tha this was classic example of Trump using an international forum to air his own grievances. Inappropriate? Yep. Petty? Yep. Selfish? Yep? Treasonous? Nope.

Trump is questioning our intelligence. Based on how certain members of the community have treated him personally (which has been as inappropriate as anything Trump has done), these questions have significant merit. But it is possible that they got interference correct, and collusion wrong.

As a person Trump has every right to attack those who have attacked him. As President there are times when you must rise above your personal grievances and act like a world leader. Trump needed to do that and he didn't.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Has Mueller actually found anything?

As most people are aware,  the first Mueller indictments of the thirteen Russian citizens and three Russian companies (one which doesn't exist) came from a previously published Russian magazine article, that listed the same people and same crimes.

Now it appears that the Russian Nationals he indicted came from the House intelligence report authored by Kevin Nunes. The same allegations and the same names can be found in that report. The House report was widely criticized and ignored because it did not offer any evidence of collusion.

Of course neither of the Russian indictments offered by Mueller suggests any American involvement. In fact, Rosenstein made it clear that no Americans were impicated in either indictment. The fact that both cases are being "handed off" would suggest that Mueller is not seeing a connection. If he believed these people were working with Americans, it would make no sense to pass this off.

 After all, the very idea of collusion is that two parties were involved. You cannot logically charge one person of collusion with someone without charging the other. At least not without changing the meaning. So, if he was going to offer more indictments of these Russians along with Americans, he would certainly not run separate prosecutions.

So, once again this looks like a P.R. move as much as anything. Designed in large part to give his allies talking points.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

An east coast vacation

Will be spending some time in Boston, before traveling up to Cape Cod to see some family. Will be mostly off line the next week or so. You can probably expect an open mic or two to keep the insult fest discussion going. Anyways, here's an excuse to post a video of one of my favorite songs of the mid 2000's...