Big govt, Politics

McCabe Bought Outrageous Conference Table, FBI Hides

A few days ago we reported that Sen. Chuck Grassley issued a demand to Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein to turn over the full transcript of the 300-plus text messages between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.

The original copies sent to the Senate by the FBI were heavily redacted, so much so that very little of the content was discernible.

Among those redactions were details not materially related to the investigation by Congress of potential collusion and obstruction by the FBI.

And now we know that one of those redactions was the cost of a new conference table ordered by Mr. Honesty himself, recently fired Andrew McCabe.

We now also know he misled Congress by attempting to hide the fact that he spent 70 grand…on a table!

So, while he was presiding over efforts by the bureau to aid Hillary’s election, he was living high on the taxpayers’ dime.

Typical.

Here’s more from BizPacReview…

Disgraced former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, an Obama holdover who was fired for lying to the FBI, used taxpayer money to buy a $70,000 conference table and then tried to hide it from Congress.

McCabe’s cronies in the FBI redacted the table’s outrageous price tag when they turned over documents that the Senate Judiciary Committee had requested for months. The redactions caused a delay in the FBI handing over the documents to the committee, which oversees the agency.

In a letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on May 24, Senator Chuck Grassley, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, urged the FBI to stop slow-walking document requests in an attempt to redact out embarrassing information.

Grassley said there is no national-security reason to edit out the cost of office furniture and cause unnecessary delays in document production. The Senate Judiciary Committee is investigating the DOJ’s dubious role in special counsel Robert Mueller’s fruitless investigation of Trump-Russia collusion.

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Senate Demands FBI Release All of Strzok-Page Texts

With as much egg on its face as the Federal Bureau of Investigation already has, one might think agency heads would be playing nice with Congress.

Not so. Despite that the text messages between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page were recovered after being ‘lost’, the FBI sent over nearly 50 pages of heavily redacted transcripts to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

And it’s plainly obvious many of those redacted texts have nothing to do with national security.

So what is the FBI hiding?

We may soon find out after Sen. Chuck Grassley sent a letter to Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein this week demanding he turn over full transcripts to Congress within two weeks…or else.

Here’s more from Daily Caller…

Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley called Wednesday for the Department of Justice (DOJ) to release unredacted copies of the texts between two former FBI employees who were highly critical of President Donald Trump.

“Please provide unredacted copies of all text messages produced to the Committee no later than June, 6, 2018,” Grassley, a Republican from Iowa, wrote in a letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. “Should the Department continue to refuse to provide fully unreacted copies to Congress, please provide a privilege log describing the legal basis for withholding that information from Congress.”

The chairman claims one redaction covered the costs of former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe’s $70,000 conference table. He also points to one text exchange wherein an official’s name is redacted in reference to the “Obama White House ‘running’ an investigation,” making it unclear what investigation the FBI employees were referencing.

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Clinton Pollster: Mueller Probe ‘Must Now Be Stopped’

So the fellow responsible for polling in both the Bill Clinton and Hillary campaigns appears to have just eaten his own young this week.

In an op-ed for The Hill, Mark Penn blasted the FBI (the Obama FBI, that is) for running a pseudo-investigation under Robert Mueller which in all truth was merely an opposition research operation gone awry.

With the revelation that the FBI inserted a mole into the Trump campaign for the express purpose of digging up dirt to justify a warrant and investigation, whatever shred of credibility the agency had left is now gone.

Penn is calling for an immediate end to the Mueller witch hunt, which is the best sign so far that this whole FBI charade is beginning to implode.

And ironically it may be the very thing that propels Trump to reelection in 2020…and the Democrats to defeat in November.

Here’s more from Fox News…

Former Clinton pollster Mark Penn blasted Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation on Monday, warning the special counsel’s team of a looming “reckoning” and calling for the probe to end.

Penn — who served as a pollster and adviser to former President Bill Clinton and a chief political strategist for Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign — said “this process must now be stopped, preferably before a vote in the Senate.”

“Rather than a fair, limited and impartial investigation, the Mueller investigation became a partisan, open-ended inquisition that, by its precedent, is a threat to all those who ever want to participate in a national campaign or an administration again,” Penn wrote in an op-ed for The Hill.

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Confirmed: FBI Inserted Mole Into Trump Campaign

Multiple media outlets, including the New York Times, have confirmed that the FBI inserted a mole into the Trump campaign for the purpose of building justification for the investigation that was supposed to have destroyed him before the election.

And all the obfuscation and foot-dragging by multiple heads of the bureau weren’t enough to prevent the truth from coming out.

So, just to put a finer point on it, the FBI used a fake dossier — paid for by the DNC and Hillary’s campaign — in order to obtain a FISA warrant to surveil and investigate the campaign.

And much of the intel that led to that dossier was provided by the mole, which we now know to be former CIA operative Stefan Halper.

The ‘crazy’ tweets by Trump about a witch-hunt have turned out to be true.

And the FBI has no alibi.

Here’s more from Western Journal…

The political scandal of the decade is brewing in Washington, D.C., and it may leave President Donald Trump in a very different position than his enemies wish: Not destroyed, but largely vindicated.

Details have finally started to emerge about an establishment-led effort to plant a “mole” within the Trump campaign, and evidence is beginning to mount that its goal was to undermine and derail his run for office.

The facts are suggesting something chillingly sinister: A government operative directed by the Obama-run FBI purposely infiltrated the campaign of a candidate with the training and background needed to destabilize elections.

In a detailed piece published by The Intercept, investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald summarized the scandal and gave a blow-by-blow account of how its beginning to unravel.

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Govt Paid Half A Billion In Disability to People Who Had Jobs

According to a recent Inspector General’s report, the Social Security Administration has been caught with more gross incompetence and inefficiency, which are hallmarks of federal bureaucracy (yes, we recognize how redundant that is).

The report detailed that over a half billion in taxpayer dollars were paid out to people for disability benefits who had already returned to work and/or had failed to report the fact that they were working again.

Much of the benefits paid out were due to the “administration’s slow processing.”

So, don’t be surprised when the reply from SSA head bureaucrats is that they need more staffers to prevent the errors.

Translation: give us more taxpayer dollars so we can stop wasting taxpayer dollars. Got that?

Here’s more from Daily Caller…

The Social Security Administration improperly disbursed an estimated $571 million in disability benefits to people who had already returned to work, according to a government audit report.

Of the half a billion estimated overpayments, nearly $201 million of the improperly disbursed benefits checks were due to the administration’s slow processing, and the almost $371 million was the fault of the beneficiaries who didn’t complete paperwork on time, the Office of the Inspector General (IG) wrote in a report released Tuesday.

Analyzing a sample of disability cases from 2012, the IG found a total of $1.3 million in overpayments, $446,000 of which were made as a result of administrative errors, as well as $823,000 due to individuals failing to report wages that would disqualify them from benefits.

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Gun-Grab: Fallout Continues for Dick’s Sporting Goods

Recall shortly after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, Dick’s Sporting Goods immediately yanked ‘assault rifles’ from its shelves and announced they’d stop selling rifles to anyone under the age of 21.

Of course, we saw the writing on the wall despite that Dick’s and the heads of their subsidiary Field & Stream were oblivious what was sure to happen next.

There was an uproar among hunters, sportsmen and Second Amendment supporters who announced boycotts.

Then this week, Dick’s really stepped in it.

Word leaked out that the corporation had hired a lobbyist to push gun control legislation on Capitol Hill.

That ill-fated move has now prompted the Mossberg corporation — the oldest gun manufacturer in the country — to pull guns from Dick’s shelves.

Mossberg is joined by MKS Supply, another gun maker, in the selling freeze.

Dick’s move could cost them millions in lost sales. Good.

Here’s more from Hotair…

O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Inc. has ended their relationship with Dick’s Sporting Goods and it’s subsidiary Field and Stream. This action was caused by the company’s hiring of gun control lobbyists last month. Mossberg issued a press release Wednesday explaining the decision.

Effective immediately, O.F. Mossberg & Sons will not accept any future orders from Dick’s Sporting Goods or Field &
Stream, and is in the process of evaluating current contractual agreements.

“It has come to our attention that Dick’s Sporting Goods recently hired lobbyists on Capitol Hill to promote additional gun control,” said Iver Mossberg, Chief Executive Officer of O.F. Mossberg & Sons. “Make no mistake, Mossberg is a staunch supporter of the U.S. Constitution and our Second Amendment rights, and we fully disagree with Dick’s Sporting Goods’ recent anti-Second Amendment actions.”

O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Inc. is the oldest family-owned firearms manufacturer in America, founded in 1919. Mossberg is also the largest pump-action shotgun manufacturer in the world. MKS Supply, a manufacturer of Hi-Point firearms, announced their decision to do the same just the day before.

“We believe that refusing to sell long guns to adults under age 21, while many young adults in our military are not similarly restricted, is wrong. We believe that villainizing modern sporting rifles in response to pressure from uninformed, anti-gun voices is wrong,” MKS Supply president Charles Brown wrote in the Tuesday statement. “We believe that hiring lobbyists to oppose American citizens’ freedoms secured by the Second Amendment is wrong. Dick’s Sporting Goods and Field & Stream, in purportedly doing all of these things, have demonstrated that they do not share our values. [We’re] standing by the American people by refusing any further sales to Dick’s Sporting Goods & Field & Stream.”

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Unchained: Federal Judge Accuses Mueller Team of Lying

Regardless of one’s opinion of President Trump, the seemingly limitless power with which special counsel Robert Mueller and his team of merry Obamacrats have pursued the investigation is virtually unprecedented.

That might be why Reagan-appointed federal Judge T.S. Ellis III accused Mueller’s team of lying and overreach in their pursuit of Trump campaign official Paul Manafort with crimes as far back as 2005, well beyond the scope of the so-called Russia-collusion investigation.

Judge Ellis hinted that he may attempt to bring the whole house of cards tumbling down when he quipped to Mueller attorneys; “We don’t want anyone with unfettered power.”

Game, set, match.

Here’s more from Fox News…

A federal judge on Friday harshly rebuked Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team during a hearing for ex-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort – suggesting they lied about the scope of the investigation, are seeking “unfettered power” and are more interested in bringing down the president.

“You don’t really care about Mr. Manafort,” U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III told Mueller’s team. “You really care about what information Mr. Manafort can give you to lead you to Mr. Trump and an impeachment, or whatever.”

Further, Ellis demanded to see the unredacted “scope memo,” a document outlining the scope of the special counsel’s Russia probe that congressional Republicans have also sought.

. . .

The Reagan-appointed judge asked Mueller’s team where they got the authority to indict Manafort on alleged crimes dating as far back as 2005.

The special counsel argues that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein granted them broad authority in his May 2, 2017 letter appointing Mueller to this investigation. But after the revelation that the team is using information from the earlier DOJ probe, Ellis said that information did not “arise” out of the special counsel probe – and therefore may not be within the scope of that investigation.

“We don’t want anyone with unfettered power,” he said.

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Big govt, Politics, States

Sheriff Israel Faces No Confidence Vote from Deputies

Shamed Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel has unfortunately dropped out of the headlines despite his abject incompetence and self-congratulation after the Parkland massacre.

But now he may finally receive his comeuppance.

Over the next several days, Israel is being subjected to a no-confidence vote from his deputies, which was confirmed by the president of the deputies’ union.

We’re not quite sure what might have prompted the vote.

Well, except maybe that he threw Deputy Scot Peterson, who failed to enter the school during the shooting — completely under the bus.

Oh, and there was the policy of not arresting juveniles along with the dozens of visits to the shooter’s home.

We could go on, but you get the picture.

Here’s more from Redstate…

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel is facing a no-confidence vote from his own deputies for his actions in the wake of the Parkland school shooting that have “crushed morale through the agency,” as the Broward Sheriff’s Office Deputies Association described it.

The February 14th shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School left 17 students and teachers dead, and an additional 17 wounded. Israel has faced intense criticism for the dozens of visits to the shooter’s home that never resulted in an arrest, their policy of avoiding juvenile arrests even for serious and violent crimes, and the failure of his deputies to enter the school and engage the shooter.

Israel’s actions in the aftermath of the shooting have only raised the v0lume from his critics — his grandstanding attempts to demonize the NRA and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) at a CNN townhall, his scapegoating of his own deputies, and additional troubling reports about the shooter’s brother being arrested on campus and a BSO deputy getting caught sleeping while on duty that same day at Stoneman Douglas.

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Comey: I Could Testify Against Andrew McCabe

James Comey is in such a rush to ingratiate himself to the world and prove he’s a really great guy, after all, that he is ‘potentially’ willing to testify in a case against his former FBI Deputy Andy McCabe.

This is a pretty big deal.

When political cronies start throwing each other under the bus, that’s when things really start getting interesting.

Now, there still remains the question whether the Inspector General’s recent report will produce any criminal charges against McCabe in the first place.

But one safe bet is that if the US Attorney’s office doesn’t pursue them, Congress might pursue contempt. And this has its own ramifications.

Either way, the rats are jumping ship and eating their own.

Here’s more from CNN…

Former FBI Director James Comey said in a wide-ranging CNN interview Thursday that he could potentially be a witness against the FBI’s former number two.

His commentson CNN’s “The Lead with Jake Tapper” came after CNN reported that the Justice Department’s inspector general referred its findings on Andrew McCabe, the former FBI deputy director, to the US attorney’s office in Washington for possible criminal charges associated with lying to internal investigators.
Asked if he could end up being a witness, Comey said, “Potentially.”
“Sure, given that the IG’s report reflects interactions that Andy McCabe had with me and other senior executives, I could well be a witness,” Comey said.

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DOJ Inspector: Criminal Charges for FBI’s McCabe

So IG Horowitz’s investigation is finally yielding some fruit which may end be in the first of many dominoes to fall.

Following the release of his report last week, Horowitz has formally submitted his recommendation to the US Attorney’s office for DC on possible criminal charges.

What was McCabe’s offense? You may want to sit down for this. He lied.

Actually, the phrase that was used was “lacked candor” which admittedly has less punch.

But what we hope is McCabe will be seeking a plea bargain and offer something a little more substantial in exchange.

Perhaps maybe — and we’re just spitballing here — the plan by Strzok and Page to collude in the election of Hillary Clinton?

Here’s more from CNN (yes, really)…

The Justice Department’s inspector general referred its findings on former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe to the US attorney’s office in Washington for possible criminal charges associated with lying to internal investigators, according to a source familiar with the matter.

When exactly the referral was made to the US attorney’s office was not immediately clear, and prosecutors there may decline to prosecute.
Last week, the IG issued a report finding that McCabe “lacked candor” on four occasions with internal investigators when discussing a Wall Street Journal article about the FBI’s Clinton Foundation investigation, according to a copy of the report obtained by CNN.

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