Walls Closing In On Peter Strzok As Questions Arise Over His Involvement In FISA Application

 

I must say yesterday’s loss in Alabama is discouraging. I hope McConnell is happy. The deep state is alive and well and one more nail in the Republic’s coffin. That said, I looked for a brighter light for today’s post. This might be one…looks like the walls are closing in on Russia Russia Russia, but I have been fooled before:

Over the past 10 days we’ve learned a lot about FBI agent Peter Strzok, a man who very likely would have lived the remainder of his life in relative obscurity as an FBI counterintelligence agent but for his sudden dismissal from Special Counsel Mueller’s “Russian Collusion” investigation.

As noted on December 2nd (see: Mueller’s Top FBI Agent Probing Clinton Emails, Russian-Collusion “Removed” After Anti-Trump Texts Found), Strzok’s life became far more complicated when it was revealed that his dismissal from Mueller’s team was linked to the discovery of multiple “anti-Trump text messages” shared with a colleague…a colleague with whom he happened to be having an extramarital affair.

Of course, like most twisted Washington D.C. scandals, his overt political bias and anti-Trump text messages were only the tip of the iceberg as it was subsequently discovered that Strzok not only held a leading role in the Hillary email investigation but potentially single-handedly saved her from prosecution by making the now-infamous change in Comey’s final statement to describe her email abuses as “extremely careless” rather than the original language of “grossly negligent.”

As it turns out, Representative Jim Jordan (R-OH) has an interesting theory on that question which he shared during his questioning of FBI Director Chris Wray last week.  To summarize, Jordan’s theory is that Strzok received the controversial “Trump Dossier” from the Clinton campaign then went to the FISA courts where he passed it off as a legitimate piece of intelligence in an effort to obtain the warrants necessary to effectively spy on the Trump campaign.

 “Here’s what I think Director Wray.  I think Peter Strzok, head of counter intelligence at the FBI, Peter Strzok the guy who ran the Clinton investigation and did all the interviews, Peter Strzok, the guy who was running the Russia investigation at the FBI, Peter Strzok, Mr. ‘Super Agent’ at the FBI, I think he’s the guy who took the application to the FISA court…and if that happened…if you have the FBI working with the Democrats’ campaign, taking opposition research, dressing it all up and turning it into an intelligence document and taking it to the FISA court so they can spy on the other campaign…if that happened…that’s as wrong as it gets.”
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Lois Lerner fights release of her deposition, says “exceedingly low public interest”

 

Who could forget?

Who knew that this old horse was still kicking around? So we learn that Lois Lerner of IRS fame, has her deposition up for grabs in federal court. Yes, I for one want to see her deposition. I might also add as well, why hasn’t Sessions taken another look-see and tried to figure out if they could nail her? Let’s get her depo out in the fresh air and sunshine. I would love to know who is fronting her legal bill:

Former IRS senior executive Lois G. Lerner told a federal court last week that there’s “no legitimate” reason why the public should see her testimony about her role in tea party targeting, pleading with a judge to keep her deposition permanently sealed. Ms. Lerner and her former chief lieutenant, Holly Paz, have said they faced death threats in the past, and say they fear any more attention to their behavior would spur a new round of harassment. They said there’s “exceedingly low” public interest in having their depositions released, and they said tea party groups are pushing for disclosure out of “spite.”

“The public disclosure of this personal and sensitive information and details of the harassment would further no legitimate end while undermining substantial privacy and physical safety interests,” the women said in briefs filed by their lawyers.

The IRS has reached settlements with hundreds of tea party groups and the government admitted it bungled its handling of their nonprofit status applications during the Obama administration. The government, in one of the settlements, even singled out Ms. Lerner for specific criticism, saying she failed to stop the targeting and even hid it from her supervisors.

But Ms. Lerner’s own defense of her actions, as well as Ms. Paz’s testimony, remain secret, with the transcripts of their depositions sealed and all references to the information from those depositions redacted from other documents.

Ms. Lerner and Ms. Paz also have not revealed much about the threats they said they faced, other than to cite “graphic, profane and disturbing language.”

The one specific instance of a threat they have cited in public documents was a June 2013 speech by Mark Meckler, a tea party leader who had helped drive the class action lawsuit against the IRS.

In that speech — just weeks after Ms. Lerner revealed the IRS’s illegal behavior — Mr. Meckler said tea party advocates could “have a lot of fun abusing these government employees.”

Ms. Lerner’s lawyer didn’t respond to requests from The Washington Times for more details on the threats.

Mr. Meckler told The Times that if Ms. Lerner manages to keep her deposition sealed it would “set an outrageous legal precedent, allowing the testimony of egregious acts by public servants to be permanently hidden.”

“The irony of this argument is astounding. The government has admitted that these people unconstitutionally targeted people based on their political beliefs. Now the individuals most responsible for the targeting wish to finish off their secret scheme to illegally target their fellow citizens, in secrecy,” he said.

He said when Ms. Lerner accuses him of fomenting threats, it’s a continuation of the targeting she oversaw while at the IRS, and said the Obama administration repeatedly tried to force Mr. Meckler to give up the legal challenge.

“It is time to blow this scandal wide open, and the unsealing of the Lois Lerner and Holly Paz depositions would be a good first step,” he said.

Some of the two women’s information is public, including emails sent and received during the targeting.

But what that information shows has been heatedly debated.

The Justice Department under President Barack Obama cleared Ms. Lerner of any wrongdoing and even praised her for stopping the targeting when she learned of it. Under President Trump, the same department agreed to settlements admitting illegal behavior by the IRS, and blaming Ms. Lerner in particular. More at the Washington Times

Canada’s Minister of Immigration won’t rule out Female Genital Mutilation as O.K.

 

What happens when a country tries to integrate foreign culture into the mainstream? The original culture gets trashed:

Where does the obsequiously Islamophile Justin Trudeau regime stand on the barbaric practice of female genital mutilation? Michelle Rempel, Conservative MP from Alberta, attempts to get a straight answer from Trudeau’s Somali-born Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Ahmed Hussen, and hits an impenetrable wall of obfuscation:

H/T: Moonbattery

For the record, how are we doing with the issue?

Columbia University students support female genital mutilation

How widespread is the practice? I did my first post in 2011:

Egyptian Women and the Practice of Female Genital Mutilation

Sunday Respite – “Waiting in Silence”

 

Wishing everyone a great day. One of my favorite pieces for Advent. I appreciate is pensive tone.

1. Waiting in silence, waiting in hope;
we are your people, we long for you, Lord.
God ever with us, Emmanuel,
Come, Lord Jesus, Maranatha!

2. Waiting in silence, waiting in hope;
we are your people, we trust in your love.
O Sun of Justice, true Prince of Peace,
Come with your justice, Lord, Maranatha!

3. Waiting in silence, waiting in hope;
we are your people, Lord, we seek your truth.
Wisdom Incarnate, teach us your way;
Show us the path of life, Maranatha!

4. Waiting in silence, waiting in hope;
we are your people, we long for new life.
O Key of David, open our hearts.
Give us new vision, Lord, Maranatha!

5. Waiting in silence, waiting in hope;
we are your people, our hearts thirst for you.
Flower of Jesse, bloom in our midst.
Make us your garden, Lord, Maranatha!

There are several interpretations of “Maranatha.” One being: “Maranatha!” became the common greeting of the oppressed believers, replacing the Jewish greeting shalom (“peace”).

Obama thanks Obama for robust economic growth

 

After all, Obama must stay relevant. I wonder if he will take credit for the good work being done getting rid of Isis?

The most unsurprising brag stretch of the week:

Former President Barack Obama is taking credit for the robust economic growth that is taking place under President Trump.

At a conference of mayors in Chicago, Mr. Obama congratulated himself Tuesday for strong employment numbers in the U.S. this year, saying his climate-change policies have contributed to growth.

“As we took these actions, we saw the U.S. economy grow consistently,” Mr. Obama said. “We saw the longest streak of job creation in American history by far, a streak that still continues by the way.”

He added wryly, “Thanks, Obama.”

H/T: Michelle Malekin

Recall this? 

So much for that!

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Gregg Jarrett: ‘Dirty Cop Mueller’s House of Cards is Collapsing’

Unfortunately, there was precious little reporting of the Congressional hearing with the FBI Director Christopher Wray. It was worth the time. As painful as the Russia Russia Russia conspiracy thing is, in the end it is showing just how corrupt and evil the deep state is. I do believe before this is over, we will have benefitted from having to deal with this corruption. This is our last chance to rid ourselves of it, and if we fail, we are indeed doomed as a Republic. The GOP was on the case yesterday. No thanks to Mr. Sessions:

Yesterday was a rough day for the Deep State.

Congressional Republicans are starting to piece together the corruption at the highest levels of the FBI and DOJ leadership.

Reports about the Mueller investigations show signs of corruption and impropriety.

Tonight FOX News Attorney Gregg Jarrett told Sean Hannity that Mueller’s house of cards is coming down.

Sean Hannity: Is the house of cards going to blow down?

Gregg Jarrett: I think so. And it’s a shame. Because there are so many highly qualified experienced lawyers who don’t have a political ax to grind that Robert Mueller could have selected. He did not do it. It was deliberate. It was by design. Instead he stacked it with people with egregious political biases.

H/T:  Gateway Pundit

An attempted Coup is taking place at the CFPB

The deep state is alive and well..but a new buckeroo is head of CFPB. If you have access to the NY Times piece its worth a look at the instant changes. Meanwhile the wizards at the agency are up to their old tricks. Here is what happened.

Inside the agency, change has been swift. Mr. Mulvaney briefly stopped approval of payments to some victims of financial crime, halted hiring, froze all new rule-making and ordered a review of active investigations and lawsuits. Some, he has indicated, will be abandoned.

“This place will be different, under my leadership and under whoever follows me,” Mr. Mulvaney More at the  New York Times

Employees within the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) are using encrypted messaging apps to conspire various ways of resisting acting director Mick Mulvaney’s agenda, according to a Tuesday report.

The group calls itself “Dumbledore’s Army,” a reference to a fictional secret cabal of young wizards in the children’s fantasy series “Harry Potter,” The New York Times reported.

“An atmosphere of intense anxiety has taken hold,” employees said, according to The NYT. “In some cases, conversations between staff that used to take place by phone or text now happen almost exclusively in person or through encrypted messaging apps.”

The Cause of Action Institute, a nonprofit devoted to “public advocacy and legal reform tools to ensure greater transparency in government, protect taxpayer interests and promote economic freedom,” has filed a Freedom of Information Act request for records related to information about the use of encrypted messaging apps by CFPB employees.

More at the  Daily Caller:

 

 

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