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John McCain’s role in the IRS Tea Party targeting scandal

June 22, 2018

  Shortly before Halloween last year the IRS and the Department of Justice settled the Tea Party targeting scandal and as part of that settlement the IRS admitted to, and apologized for, illegally targeting conservative groups.

  Of course it did not take a lawsuit to understand the IRS was illegally targeting certain groups based on political ideology because the whole scandal came to light when for some unknown reason Lois Lerner admitted to wrongdoing before anybody even heard this was going on.

  You may think that with the lawsuit being settled this would be the end of the story–I know I did–but it is not because Judicial Watch is still on the case and they are now in possession of some new emails which are very interesting to say the least.

  Here is more:

Judicial Watch today released newly obtained internal IRS documents, including material revealing that Sen. John McCain’s former staff director and chief counsel on the Senate Homeland Security Permanent Subcommittee, Henry Kerner, urged top IRS officials, including then-director of exempt organizations Lois Lerner, to “audit so many that it becomes financially ruinous.”  Kerner was appointed by President Trump as Special Counsel for the United States Office of Special Counsel.

The explosive exchange was contained in notes taken by IRS employees at an April 30, 2013, meeting between Kerner, Lerner, and other high-ranking IRS officials. Just ten days following the meeting, former IRS director of exempt organizations Lois Lerner admitted that the IRS had a policy of improperly and deliberately delaying applications for tax-exempt status from conservative non-profit groups.

Lerner and other IRS officials met with select top staffers from the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee in a “marathon” meeting to discuss concerns raised by both Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) that the IRS was not reining in political advocacy groups in response to the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision.  Senator McCain had been the chief sponsor of the McCain-Feingold Act and called the Citizens United decision, which overturned portions of the Act, one of the “worst decisions I have ever seen.”

  So John McCain was upset that the Supreme Court threw out a law that helped to write so he sent a staffer to a meeting with Lois Lerner and the IRS in which targeting Tea Party groups until “it becomes financially ruinous” was discussed.

  This must be a coincidence because John McCain would never do anything to undermine the Republicans’ chances of winning an election, would he? Well maybe not if it did not include the Russians at least…

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ABC falsely claims Paul Manafort pleaded guilty to manslaughter

June 20, 2018

  Earlier today while ABC was covering Donald Trump the network ran an interesting graphic, check it out below:


  Of course not only has Paul Manafort not pleaded guilty to manslaughter, he has not been charged with manslaughter. ABC has since apologized via Twitter but is it really any wonder while people no longer trust the mainstream media when they see something like this?

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Donald Trump signs Executive Order ending the practice of separating families at the border

June 20, 2018

  After decades of having no concern for the plight of the children of illegal immigrants being separated from their parents at the border the Democrats and the mainstream media found their conscience coincidentally just in time to distract the American people from the Inspector General report which showed just how sleazy and corrupt the FBI was under Barack Obama.

  It also provided the perfect opportunity to attack the President and the media even stooped so low as to publish pictures which were taken, and ignored, while Barack Obama was President and claim they were the result of Donald Trump’s policy. But it became clear the Democrats really did not care about the plight of these children when Chuck Schumer stated the Democrats would oppose any legislation which would end this program. As if we needed more proof the Democrats would rather keep the crisis in motion in order to attack Donald Trump than help the children they claim to care so much about this was it.

  Donald Trump had been defending this policy by reaffirming that he was simply following Federal law and that the Congress needed to change the law if they did not agree with it. As mentioned above, Chuck Schumer said no to actually doing his job and instead called on the President to do it himself. 

  Today Donald Trump did just that today by signing an Executive Order ending the practice of separating families at the border. It will be interesting to see where the Democrats go with this now but the one thing we do know is it is not going to be enough in their eyes.

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The FBI never investigated Huma Abedin’s emails during investigation

June 19, 2018

  We are learning more and more each day about what is in the Inspector General report on the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email scandal and today we learned another interesting little tidbit: The FBI did not bother to look into the contents of Huma Abedin’s emails or personal devices.

  Here is more:

In its extensive report on the Hillary Clinton email probe, the Justice Department’s internal watchdog raised significant questions about why the FBI did not examine the contents of Clinton aide Huma Abedin’s private email accounts and did not seek to obtain Abedin’s personal devices to determine whether classified information was exchanged.

The report noted Abedin should have been a point of interest since the FBI obtained from other sources classified email exchanges between Clinton and Abedin that were missing from the 30,490 emails turned over to the State Department by Clinton’s attorneys. Clinton had claimed the remaining emails were not work-related.

Also, the report documented that the FBI did not go after Abedin’s emails or devices even though she was “the only State Department employee, besides Clinton, with an account on the domain on Clinton’s server.”

  Let’s get this straight: Huma Abedin was Hillary Clinton’s closest confidant and aide; missing emails between she and Hillary Clinton were found from other sources; classified information was found on the laptop of her estranged husband Anthony Weiner; and she was the only other State Department employee with a personal email account on Hillary Clinton’s private server, and the FBI did not think it was warranted to confiscate and search her personal devices?!

  But this was all on the level…

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James Comey under investigation for mishandling classified information

June 18, 2018

  According to this story Inspector General Horowitz confirmed to the Senate Judiciary Committee earlier today that James Comey is under investigation for his handling of classified information. The information in question is the now infamous memos he kept from meetings he had with Donald Trump, and you might remember these are the same memos he leaked in the hopes of jump starting an investigation into Donald Trump’s dealing with Russia during the 2016 election. With any luck this will come back to bite him in the end.

  There are now two spin-off investigations in the wake of the original Inspector General report: there is this one and there is also a separate investigation into the report’s finding that several FBI employees took “inappropriate” gifts from reporters.

  With any luck this will just be the beginning.

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James Comey and Loretta Lynch refuse to testify before the Congress, Andrew McCabe pleads the Fifth

June 18, 2018

  The Senate Judiciary Committee is looking into the Inspector General report into the handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation which was finally released last Thursday and as part of this investigation they would like to speak to James Comey, Loretta Lynch, and Andrew McCabe. However these three do not want to talk to the Congress. Here is more:

Fired FBI Director James Comey refused to appear before Congress on Monday to talk about his handling of the Clinton email investigation, and his fired deputy, Andrew McCabe, asserted his Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination, Sen. Charles E. Grassley said.

Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch also declined to show up for a major hearing where the Senate Judiciary Committee was looking into the inspector general’s report detailing major bungles in Mr. Comey’s handling of the Clinton investigation.

The next logical step would be to issue subpoenas but apparently that is not and option:

He said he had sought to compel the three to show up to testify, but Sen. Dianne Feinstein, California Democrat, blocked him. Under committee rules, the ranking Democrat must agree with the chairman in order to issue a subpoena.

Dianne Feinstein single-handedly stopped these three from being compelled to testify even after the damning Inspector General report came out, showing us once again just how corrupt the system is and just how deep the swamp is. 

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Roger Stone met with Russian operative who promised dirt on Hillary Clinton

June 17, 2018

  Some version of the headline I wrote above about a meeting which took place between Roger Stone and a Russian operative during the 2016 campaign has been splashed all over the internet today, and while technically the headline is accurate, it fails to tell the whole story. This is a good example of what you will likely get in the first couple of paragraphs:

One day in late May 2016, Roger Stone — the political dark sorcerer and longtime confidant of Donald Trump — slipped into his Jaguar and headed out to meet a man with a “Make America Great Again” hat and a viscous Russian accent.

The man, who called himself Henry Greenberg, offered damaging information about Hillary Clinton, Trump’s presumptive Democratic opponent in the upcoming presidential election, according to Stone, who spoke about the previously unreported incident in interviews with The Washington Post. Greenberg, who did not reveal the information he claimed to possess, wanted Trump to pay $2 million for the political dirt, Stone said.

  Well that looks pretty damning and how many people will jump to conclusions and stop reading at this point because it confirms what they want to believe? But the story continues:

“You don’t understand Donald Trump,” Stone recalled saying before rejecting the offer at a restaurant in the Russian-expat magnet of Sunny Isles, Fla. “He doesn’t pay for anything.”

Later, Stone got a text message from Michael Caputo, a Trump campaign communications official who’d arranged the meeting after Greenberg had approached Caputo’s Russian-immigrant business partner.

“How crazy is the Russian?” Caputo wrote, according to a text message reviewed by The Post. Noting that Greenberg wanted “big” money, Stone replied, “waste of time.”

  The offer was turned down and later on Caputo and Stone talked about what a waste of time the meeting was. But here is another interesting tidbit: it turns out the man going by the name Henry Greenberg has been an FBI informant for 17 years, although it is unknown if he was working with the FBI at the time of this meeting but this is what Michael Caputo and Roger Stone had to say:

“If you believe that [Greenberg] took time off from his long career as an FBI informant to reach out to us in his spare time, I have a bridge in Brooklyn that I want to sell you,” Caputo said in an interview.

In a separate interview, Stone said, “I didn’t realize it was an FBI sting operation at the time, but it sure looks like one now.”

I agree…

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