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Devin Nunes may refer obstruction charges to the Department of Justice

May 19, 2019

  Devin Nunes has already made several criminal referrals to the Department of Justice in regards to the “spygate” scandal and the alleged FBI FISA warrant abuses and now, according to this story, he is probably going to send an obstruction referral to the Justice Department as well. And no, this is not the obstruction charge against Donald Trump that the left so desperately wants to see. Here is more:

Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., said on Sunday that he may send another criminal referral to the Justice Department.

During an interview on Fox News, Nunes said notes about a meeting between Trump dossier author Christopher Steele and a State Department official were withheld from the House Intelligence Committee during its investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election that wrapped up last year.

“It’s likely now, as we do our investigation as to why we didn’t get this information that we’ve just been discussing from the State Department two years ago when we should have received it, there could be another referral coming on obstruction a congressional investigation,” he said.

  I believe it is called “projection” when you accuse another of doing what you are actually guilty of doing yourself and the democrats seems to have an incurable case of it. Maybe this  dose of reality is the medicine they need…

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Justin Amash becomes first Republican to call for Donald Trump’s impeachment

May 19, 2019

  While the Democratic leaders, such as Nancy Pelosi, are dialing back the impeachment talk the frenzy is growing within the Democratic party to bring articles of impeachment against the President. And now the first Republican Congressman is claiming Donald Trump should be impeached because of how he defines “high crimes and misdemeanors.”

 Here is what Michigan Representative Justin Amash had to say via Twitter today:

Under our Constitution, the president “shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.” While “high Crimes and Misdemeanors” is not defined, the context implies conduct that violates the public trust.

Contrary to Barr’s portrayal, Mueller’s report reveals that President Trump engaged in specific actions and a pattern of behavior that meet the threshold for impeachment.

In fact Mueller’s report identifies multiple examples of conduct satisfying all the elements of obstruction of justice, and undoubtedly any person who is not the president of the United States would be indicted based on such evidence.

Impeachment, which is a special form of indictment, does not even require probable cause that a crime (e.g., obstruction of justice) has been committed; it simply requires a finding that an official has engaged in careless, abusive, corrupt, or otherwise dishonorable conduct.

  Never-Trumper Mitt Romney, of all people, is the only Republican to date who has spoken out against Justin Amash, claiming that while it took courage to say what he did he is wrong. Here is more on that:

Sen. Mitt Romney said Sunday that he disagrees with Rep. Justin Amash on the Michigan Republican’s recent comments that President Donald Trump’s conduct has met the “threshold for impeachment.”

“My own view is that Justin Amash has reached a different conclusion than I have. I respect him, I think it’s a courageous statement,” Romney told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union.”

“The American people just aren’t there,” he added. “The Senate is certainly not there, either.”

“I just don’t think that there is the full element that you need to prove an obstruction of justice case,” Romney said. “I don’t think impeachment is the right way to go.”

  While initially saying the “threshold for impeachment” has not been met Mitt Romney’s reasoning is a little odd and may reveal what he is really thinking. The American people and the Senate are not there when it comes to impeachment therefor we should not impeach? So, under this reasoning, does Mitt Romney feel impeachment should be on the table if and when the Democrats are successful in turning the American people against the President? It sounds like rather than basing his opinion on the facts he is basing it on the polls. That is not surprising coming from Mitt Romney.

  I find it odd that no other Republicans have come out against Justin Amash, but them again the Republicans’ support for the President has not been solid from the beginning so why should we expect anything different now? 

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Sunday, May 19th open thread: ‘Time Bomb Benny’

May 19, 2019

“This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24 KJV)

  open-threadHere is this week’s open thread. Please feel free to post links to interesting articles and to discuss whatever issues arise during the course of the day. Nothing is off-topic here.

 You can subscribe to America’s Watchtower to receive email updates and you can also follow America’s Watchtower on Facebook and Twitter by clicking the links on the right. 

  I am digging deep into the archives of my younger days to bring you The Weathermen and their song “Time Bomb Benny.” Sorry, no live footage of this one.

William Barr: We need to find out if government officials abused their power

May 17, 2019

  What a difference an Attorney General makes! Unlike Jeff Sessions–who recused himself from the Russia investigation on skimpy accusations because he did not have the guts to take on the establishment and found an easy out–William Barr has no qualms about holding an investigation to see if any government officials are guilty of abusing their power.

 Here is more:

Barr said, “I’ve been trying to get answers to questions, and I’ve found that a lot of the answers have been inadequate, and I’ve also found that some of the explanations I’ve gotten don’t hang together. So, in a sense, I have more questions today than I did when I first started.”

He added, “I think people have to find out what the government was doing during that period. If we’re worried about foreign influence, for the very same reason, we should be worried about whether government officials abuse their power and put their thumb on the scale.”

  William Barr went on to say he does not know if government officials abused their power or not but he intends to find out, and the fact that he has more questions now then when he started is not a good sign if you were involved in spying on Donald Trump.

  With a special prosecutor now on the case, and with James Comey, John Clapper, and other officials beginning to point the finger at each other this is just starting to get good. The Democrats really felt they could get away with this and in the end their arrogance could be their undoing.

  I think William Barr’s willingness to look into this explains a great deal about why the Democrats are trying so hard to discredit him, they are worried and they should be.

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Dispute opens between Comey and Brennan over who pushed the Steele dossier to the FISA court

May 15, 2019

  Now that William Barr has officially opened an investigation into the alleged FISA warrant abuses by the FBI and has appointed a special prosecutor to oversee it some people are getting a little nervous and are beginning to turn on each other in order to protect themselves.

  According to this story a rift is beginning to open up between James Comey and John Brennan over who was responsible for pushing the discredited Steele dossier. Here is more:

A high-level dispute over which senior government officials pushed the unverified Steele dossier amid efforts to surveil the Trump campaign has broken out into the open again, after it emerged that Attorney General William Barr appointed a U.S. attorney to examine the origins of the Russia investigation and determine if the FBI and DOJ’s actions were “lawful and appropriate.”

Sources familiar with the records told Fox News that a late-2016 email chain indicated then-FBI Director James Comey told bureau subordinates that then-CIA Director John Brennan insisted the dossier be included in the intelligence community assessment on Russian interference, known as the ICA.

But in a statement to Fox News, a former CIA official put the blame squarely on Comey.

“Former Director Brennan, along with former [Director of National Intelligence] James Clapper, are the ones who opposed James Comey’s recommendation that the Steele Dossier be included in the intelligence report,” the official said.

  It looks like this is about to get very interesting and the investigation really has not gotten underway yet. It looks like after all their conniving their roosters might finally be coming home to roost.

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William Barr assigns special prosecutor to investigate the FBI spying on Donald Trump

May 14, 2019

   William Barr put the left into a tizzy when he stated there was no doubt that the FBI was spying on Donald Trump during the 2016 election. 

  While Washington debates the semantics of the word “spying” the fact remains that after a two year investigation into Donald Trump it appears as if the FBI lied about the Steele dossier in order to get a FISA warrant to “surveil” the Trump campaign.

  Now, according to this story, William Barr is appointing an inspector general to look into the origin of the inquiry. Here is more:

Attorney General William P. Barr has assigned the top federal prosecutor in Connecticut to examine the origins of the Russia investigation, according to two people familiar with the matter, a move that President Trump has long called for but that could anger law enforcement officials who insist that scrutiny of the Trump campaign was lawful.

Mr. Barr has signaled his concerns about the Russia investigationduring congressional testimony, particularly the surveillance of Trump associates. “I think spying did occur,” he said. “The question is whether it was adequately predicated. And I’m not suggesting that it wasn’t adequately predicated. But I need to explore that.”

  As William Barr stated, at this point it is only a question of if the spying was warranted and judging by what we have learned of the FBI’s use of the Steele dossier, which they knew was fake, to justify getting a FISA warrant it looks like the tables are about to be turned on the hunters. 

  After perpetrating a hoax on the American people for two years in an attempt to take down the President the left might finally get what they have coming to them.

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Joe Biden: ‘No evidence’ he threatened Ukraine prosecutor to help his son

May 14, 2019

  Joe Biden has a bit of a Ukraine conflict of interest with his son Hunter Biden, if you have not heard this story you can read some of the backstory here. Basically while he was Vice President Joe Biden threatened to withhold money from Ukraine  but after a Ukrainian prosecutor dropped the charges against the company Hunter Biden worked for the threat went away.

  If you scroll down to almost the end of this article  you will see how Joe Biden recently replied to a question on this issue. Here is what he had to say:

“We never once discussed it when he was there,” the former vice president said of his son. “There’s not a single bit of evidence that’s been shown in any reporting that’s been done that he ever talked about it with me or asked any government official for a favor. … I have great confidence in my son. He’s a man of great integrity.”

  That’s a very interesting and nuanced answer isn’t it? First of all, Joe Biden would not need to talk to his son about interceding on his behalf in order for him to do so. And secondly it is even more interesting that he said there was no “evidence” that any favor was asked for, he did not state outright that there was no favor asked for. If he were 100% innocent why would he not come right out and deny any wrongdoing instead of pointing out there was no evidence of wrongdoing?

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