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Most people outside the DC Beltway know who Brandon Van Grack is. Before this morning, I didn’t know who he was. That’s certainly changing rapidly. After reading this article, I suspect that’s going to change.

First, Van Grack was part of Robert Mueller’s team of partisan attorneys. Next, it’s important to know that since “February 2018, Van Grack has been obligated to comply with D.C. District Court Judge Emmet G. Sullivan’s standing order in the Flynn case to produce all evidence in the government’s possession ‘that is favorable to defendant and material either to defendant’s guilt or punishment.'”

Third and most importantly, Van Grack might have some explaining to do:

In an October 2019 filing, Van Grack denied governmental misconduct and assured the court that the government “has complied, and will continue to comply, with its discovery and disclosure obligations, including those imposed pursuant to Brady and the Court’s Standing Order.”

That might be difficult to prove in light of this information:

What Van Grack didn’t inform the court about, and didn’t provide to Flynn, was the newly unsealed January 4, 2017 “Closing Communication” from the FBI Washington Field Office, which recommended the FBI close its investigation of Flynn, as its exhaustive search through government databases “did not yield any information on which to predicate further investigative efforts.”

It’s difficult to picture anything more exculpatory than an FBI document that says an “exhaustive search” through the FBI’s databases “did not yield any information on which to predicate further investigative efforts.” Nothing says ‘he isn’t guilty’ than a document that says there’s no predication for “further investigative efforts.” That’s like a bright flashing neon light saying ‘He isn’t guilty. Stop wasting our time.”

Remember that Operation Crossfire Razor, the surveillance operation into Gen. Flynn, remained open only because Peter Strzok overruled field officers who wanted to shut down Operation Razor. Then there’s this:

He argued to Sullivan that Flynn’s “conduct and communications with Russia went to the heart of that inquiry.” And Van Grack said that Flynn’s alleged “false statements to the FBI on January 24, 2017, were absolutely material.”

But by that time, the FBI had already cleared Flynn of any improper ties or coordination with Russia. Shedding light on internal FBI deliberations, notes from the then-assistant director of the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division Bill Priestap, written before the Flynn interview and after discussions with then-FBI Director James Comey and then-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, Fox News is told, show discussions of whether their “goal” was “to get him to lie, so we can prosecute him or get him fired.”

Devin Nunes has taken hit after hit from partisan hacks like Adam Schiff for years. Schiff even published a memo that said virtually everything in the Nunes Memo was wrong. The Horowitz utterly discredited Schiff’s memo.

Now the question is whether the Senate will interrogate Brandon Van Grack. If they believe in justice and equal justice under the law. Unfortunately, that’s still debatable at this point.

If I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it a million times. Yeah, that politician is crooked but they’re all crooks. That’s disheartening. What’s worst is that it’s a defeatist attitude. I’m planting a stake in the ground and saying ‘No more!’ If our president is willing to fight against the Swamp, and he’s definitely willing, then it’s time for people of integrity from all political persuasions to join him in saying No More!

There’s nothing more Swamp-like than the upper echelon (singular, not plural) of the FBI. Republicans Jim Jordan and Michael Johnson have put FBI Director Christopher Wray on notice that they intend to interview “a mysterious FBI agent, Joe Pientka” in connection with the perjury trap crafted against Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn. Expect Democrats to attack Jim Jordan and Mike Johnson for impugning the reputation of the FBI. Spare me the dramatics.

Democrats, starting with Adam Schiff, (D-Calif.), have launched one defense of the FBI after another. The infamous Schiff Memo was demolished by the Horowitz Report. The Schiff Memo said that “FBI and DOJ officials did not ‘abuse’ the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act process, omit material information, or subvert this vital tool to spy on the Trump campaign.”

The Horowitz Report determined the exact opposite. In fact, the Horowitz Report went further than that:

The Justice Department inspector general’s report contradicted Schiff’s defense. It listed 17 significant omissions and errors that the FBI made in the Carter Page surveillance warrants, including derogatory information about Steele and at least one of his sources.

Then there’s this:

The key claim in the Nunes memo, that the Steele dossier “formed an essential part of the Carter Page FISA application”, is backed up by the inspector general’s report. The inspector general also faulted the FBI for failing to tell the surveillance court that Steele told a Justice Department official, Bruce Ohr, that he was “desperate” in September 2016 to see Donald Trump lose the election.

Don’t expect Mssrs. Jordan and Johnson to relent. Here’s why:

Pientka was conspicuously removed from the FBI’s website after Fox News contacted the FBI about his extensive role in Crossfire Hurricane Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) matters, a change first noticed by Twitter user Techno Fog, but sources say Pientka remains in a senior role at the agency’s San Francisco field office.

This is what the Democrats’ pushback will look like:

The Horowitz Report utterly demolished the Schiff Memo. I’ve listed some of the specifics. The fact is that Pientka, Wray, Comey, McCabe and Strzok all need to testify. Further, it’s worth noting that field agents wanted to close Crossfire Razor, the name for the operation against Gen. Flynn. Strzok ordered it to stay open.

Here’s a question that hasn’t been posed to Strzok, Comey or Wray: why would field officers who interviewed Gen. Flynn want to shut the operation down but a suit from the 7th Floor overrule the field officers? The Swamp must be drained. The Swamp’s defenders must be defeated ASAP. Keeping gavels in Pelosi’s and Schiff’s hands is protecting the Comey/Strzok/Wray of the FBI Building. That isn’t acceptable.

While some corrupt Democrats insist that the released Flynn documents aren’t a smoking gun, fair-minded Democrats say the opposite. Norman Eisen, the apologist for corrupt Democrats, wrote that “A review of these internal FBI communications, however, shows none of the wrongdoing that Mr. Trump would like to see. But no matter: The mischaracterization of these documents as evidence of FBI misconduct, and by extension, absolution of Mr. Flynn, signals that the president will escalate his abuses of power in the run-up to the 2020 election.” That’s quite a trick. A hand-written note from Bill Priestap asked “What is our goal? Truth/Admission or to get him to lie, so we can prosecute him or get him fired?” The FBI should be in the business of investigating crimes, not manufacturing crimes that they hope to use to impeach and remove a president they don’t like.

Mr. Eisen, it’s sad that you don’t recognize corruption when you see it. Eisen wrote “The Michael Flynn scandal was one of the first to reveal the pattern of lawlessness that has characterized the Trump administration. In December 2016, Mr. Flynn, in a phone call, successfully implored Russia to moderate retaliation against the United States for sanctions imposed because of the attack on U.S. elections. The conduct raised serious questions under the Logan Act, which prohibits private parties from conducting U.S. foreign policy.”

Flynn wasn’t a private citizen at that point. He had already been named President-Elect Trump’s National Security Adviser. Calling foreign ambassadors is what NSAs do as part of their job. Mark Penn has a different opinion of what Priestap’s hand-written note represents:

The new documents are in effect the “smoking gun” proving that a cabal at the FBI acted above the law and with extreme political bias, targeting people for prosecution rather than investigating crimes.

Then Penn wrote this:

The principal evidence that prompted the FBI to open the overall investigation into Trump has been definitively determined to be the Steele dossier. We now know, based on recently disclosed footnotes in the Horowitz report, that the dossier was discredited by its own sources and may even have been deliberate Russian disinformation. After receiving this information, the FBI’s top brass, even after learning that the dossier was paid for by the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign, opened a broad investigation into Trump and his campaign.

What was this “broad investigation” predicated on? The fact that the Steele Dossier was Russian disinformation? Was the FBI attracted to it because its authors discredited the report? Former federal prosecutor Trey Gowdy was visibly upset when what the Priestap note represented:

I’ll take the thoughts of a former federal prosecutor over the words of a Democrat political operative anytime. Eisen is a Democrat political hack. Trey Gowdy is a former federal prosecutor who never lost a case in his career.

Nancy Pelosi thinks that sidelining the World Health Organization isn’t wise. In fact, she thinks that it’s dangerous:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is criticizing President Trump’s effort to withhold funding from the World Health Organization and other steps his administration is reportedly taking to sideline the global health agency. “It’s stupid — it’s more than stupid; it’s dangerous,” Pelosi told NPR.

What’s stupid is paying hundreds of millions of dollars to a Chinese puppet. Then again, that’s normal for Democrats. Then Pelosi went off the deep end:

“Worse than [the funding], if you can believe it, worse than that is that he and the secretary of state have been deleting any reference to the World Health Organization in any of our strategies on how we can deal with the pandemic. That may be more harmful than just the money,” Pelosi said.

Pelosi apparently thinks that we should get pushed around by corrupt international actors acting on behalf of evil nations intent on replacing the United States as the world’s superpower. That’s who the W.H. O. is. Tom Cotton has been right about China since January, when Pelosi, Schiff and Nadler were trying to impeach President Trump. Here’s what Sen. Cotton told Maria Bartiromo:

As early as the second week of December, it was clear that this virus was spreading from person to person. By late December, it was spreading to doctors in Wuhan hospitals. Some doctors were trying to blow the whistle on these facts, and the secret police arrived at their doorsteps in the middle of the night. So only after China fessed up to the WHO on December 31 did the world know what was happening. Yet, still they continued to deny that it was spreading from person to person into mid-January. That allowed millions of people to leave Wuhan.

And then, finally, China continued to pressure the WHO and other countries not to stop international travel from China. That meant that hundreds of thousands of persons left China after this virus was spread far outside of Wuhan, which allowed the virus to escape China’s borders and get to the United States and get to Europe and get to essentially every country in the world.

Why hasn’t Pelosi instructed the Oversight Committee to investigate W.H.O.? Is it that Democrats know how corrupt WHO is? Is it because Democrats are comfortable with the plethora of corrupt international organizations that they fund?

Democrats have spent millions of dollars investigating President Trump but they won’t lift a finger to investigate what the linkage is between the W.H.O. and China? Democrats will investigate a US president that they disagree with but they won’t investigate a nation that wants to run the US into the dirt? That’s the definition of evil. That’s the definition of anti-patriotism.

Jake Tapper got under Pelosi’s skin in this interview:

Pelosi isn’t this great negotiator with nerves of steel. She’s aging and, based on this video, she isn’t aging that gracefully. The day that she signed the impeachment papers is the day that things started going downhill. Then there was this trip to Chinatown on February 24 where ‘Dr. Pelosi’, the world-famous epidemiologist, told everyone that travel is safe:

Let’s be clear about something. If President Trump cured cancer, Pelosi would criticize him for putting oncologists out of business. If President Trump fixed the unions’ pension funds and started running surpluses for the next decade, Pelosi would criticize President Trump for not doing it fast enough.

The truth is that she’s just a high profile political hack. Finally, she’s as tone-deaf as Hillary.

President Trump should fix the WHO, if that’s possible. If it isn’t possible, then we should just undermine what’s left of its credibility.

Amanda Marcotte’s article didn’t pull any punches. It explained to Blue Collar America exactly how Democrats feel about them. Ms. Marcotte started her article by saying “On Wednesday, a crowd of right-wing nuts, complete with their oversized but underworked utility vehicles, Confederate flags, guns and other such overcompensation accoutrements, descended on the State Capitol in Lansing, Michigan, to whine about the temporary pause to dinners at Applebee’s and accidental brushfires at gender-reveal parties. The deep fear of emasculation driving the protest was not particularly subtle at this protest, as the crowd chanted ‘Lock her up’ at Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat who is accused of no other crime other than making deeply insecure men fuss about a woman in power.”

I won’t call Ms. Marcotte a member of Fake News. I’ll just call her a sloppy journalist who isn’t that interested in the truth. Did Ms. Marcotte check this article about how Michiganders of both genders want to throw Gov. Whitmer out of office via a recall election? According to this website, almost 300,000 people have signed the petition. From the article:

Whitmer’s critics said the new measures go too far. “Several recent measures provide marginal benefits at best, while substantially heightening frustration and resentment,” said Rep. Justin Amash, an independent. Sensible instructions to practice social distancing, wear masks, and stay at home already do most of the work to reduce the virus’s spread. By pushing too far, the governor undermines her own authority and increases the likelihood people will not follow reasonable guidelines.”

The arbitrary nature of Gov. Whitmer’s EO is what’s gotten under Michiganders’ skin the most. Michiganders understand that they’re at risk if they don’t religiously practice social distancing and other items on the CDC’s list. It’s things like being able to go shopping but not being able to buy seeds for their gardens or the part about how out-of-state property owners can visit their cabins but Michiganders can’t visit their Michigan cabins.

Ms. Marcotte apparently hasn’t figured it out that governing is best done by exercising restraint and good judgment. The fact that Gov. Whitmer is a female is utterly irrelevant to the vast majority of protesters. This is just sloppy BS journalism:

The ostensible purpose of the protests was to pressure Whitmer to relax some of the restrictions on businesses and movement under the coronavirus lockdown. In reality, of course, this is happening because a bunch of Fox News-loving Trump supporters have been poisoned by propaganda that has convinced them the coronavirus is overblown or a hoax, all being spread by the libs to destroy Trump’s chances at re-election.

What is Ms. Marcotte’s proof for any of her accusations? I’m betting that she doesn’t have any. It’s like the people who told Karlyn Borysenko, the former Democrat who attended President Trump’s rally in Manchester, NH, the night before the Primary. Here’s what Professor Borysenko wrote about her liberal friends:

That turned out not to be the case. The more voices outside the left that I listened to, the more I realized that these were not bad people. They were not racists, Nazis, or white supremacists. We had differences of opinions on social and economic issues, but a difference of opinion does not make your opponent inherently evil. And they could justify their opinions using arguments, rather than the shouting and ranting I saw coming from my side of the aisle.

Ms. Marcotte sounds like Professor Borysenko’s paranoid friends. Ms. Marcotte also is either dishonest or the sloppiest journalist I’ve read in ages. It’s possible she’s both. I know that Ms. Marcotte is full of it when she says that the protesters think that COVID-19 is “overblown or a hoax.” That attack was discredited a month ago. Ms. Marcotte should be ashamed for pumping out such BS. The purpose of the protests was to tell Gov. Whitmer to pull her head out of her arse before issuing executive orders.

Why can Michiganders buy produce but they can’t buy the seeds to grow their own vegetables? Why can Wisconsinites visit their cabin in Michigan’s UP but a Detroit lifelong resident can’t visit their cabin in the UP? Ms. Marcotte is long on put-downs and short on compassion.

Ms. Marcotte should attempt to listen to people more and shoot her mouth off less. She wouldn’t look like a Pelosi-style partisan if she listened more often.

It isn’t overstatement to say that Adam Schiff is the most prolific leaker in Congress. Just when you thought he couldn’t stoop to lower lows, Schiff proves that theory wrong. This time, Chairman Schiff criticized Acting Director of National Intelligence Rick Grenell for rearranging the ODNI without the Intel Committees’ permission.

Specifically, Chairman Schiff said “Grenell was ‘pursuing organizational and personnel changes’ in ODNI ‘without consulting and seeking authorization from Congress and in a manner that undermines critical intelligence functions.'” It’s awful that Schiff would say that. It’s worse, though, that he’d leak the letter before sending it to its official recipient.

Before moving on though, it’s important to tell Schiff that Ambassador Grenell has the authority he needs to make changes because President Trump named him as the Acting DNI. He doesn’t need Schiff’s permission because he doesn’t take orders from Schiff.

Grenell shot back with his reply:


Schiff is a partisan hatchetman. He should be stripped of his security clearance forthwith. Further, he shouldn’t be part of any oversight committee from this point forward. Thankfully, President Trump is draining the Swamp:

Good riddance.

After reading this article, it’s safe to say that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is fired up about what he calls an “all-American Marshall Plan for Main Street”, aka the “Paycheck Protection Program.” Before getting into the program, Leader McCarthy talked about his background:

Before entering politics, I opened a small deli in my hometown of Bakersfield, California. Two lessons always stuck with me: 1) You’re the first to work, last to leave, and last to get paid, and 2) your employees are your greatest resource. I know from personal experience that small businesses create meaningful opportunities for entrepreneurs, satisfying work for employees, and personalized service for local communities. But I also know how difficult it is to run a small business, even in the best of times.

Leader McCarthy wasn’t a high-powered small businessman but he walked tons of miles in a small businessman’s shoes so he knows what it’s like.

Republican leaders worked with a handful of good-faith Senate Democrats (remember that House Democrats were on vacation that week) to put this package together. When Pelosi returned from vacation, she tried pushing her ideological wish list into the Paycheck Protection Program. Apparently, her highest priority wasn’t getting small businesses health. It was in lighting up a legislative Christmas tree with things like the Green New Deal, taking the voting system away from states and telling corporations who could be on their boards. That’s just a handful of Pelosi’s wish list.

With this program, businesses with fewer than 500 employees (including startups, sole proprietors, and the self-employed) will receive 100% federally guaranteed loans for eight weeks. If the loan is used to pay employees, rent, or utilities, or rehire employees who were laid off due to the virus, it is forgiven.

Loans will be available as early as Friday, thanks to the Trump administration’s quick actions. They will run from February 15 to June 30. Small businesses won’t need to navigate government bureaucracy to access these historic loans. Instead, they can work with any lender backed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. Similarly, farmers can work with their trusted farm credit institutions to secure loans.

This is what a man who is committed to America looks like:

This is what a career politician looks like:

The man fighting for Main Street wants the U.S. to succeed. The career politician simply wants more political power. That’s the choice this November: Main Street winning vs. the Swamp winning. That isn’t a difficult decision for thoughtful Americans.

After reading Tim Morrison’s op-ed, one wonders who’s making these sloppy accusations. My first instinct is to blame it on Democrats. That’s because they’ve been throwing out nasty rumors about President Trump since he took office.

According to Morrison’s op-ed, “It has been alleged by multiple officials of the Obama administration, including in The Post, that the president and his then-national security adviser, John Bolton, ‘dissolved the office’ at the White House in charge of pandemic preparedness. Because I led the very directorate assigned that mission, the counterproliferation and biodefense office, for a year and then handed it off to another official who still holds the post, I know the charge is specious.”

This fits the Democrats’ deceitful theme that President Trump is flying by the seat of his pants with this crisis. While I can’t give President Trump a 10 on his handling of the virus, there’s certainly plenty to give him credit for. Let’s start with his travel bans with China and Europe. The travel ban with China is especially important.

While Democrats were holding the trial for President Trump’s far-fetched impeachment, President Trump put the China travel ban in place. Joe Biden accused President Trump of being xenophobic.

Now, Tim Morrison has first-hand proof that this accusation is false. The part of the NSC that Joe Biden and other Democrats said was closed was false from the start. Morrison knows because he ran that office before handing it off to another person, who is still running that office. I don’t know of better proof than that. This is important:

As The Post reported in 2015, from the Clinton administration to the Obama administration’s second term, the NSC’s staff “had quadrupled in size, to nearly 400 people.” That is why Trump began streamlining the NSC staff in 2017.

Though Morrison didn’t say this, I suspect that the main reason for the downsizing the NSC is because that’s where major parts of the Swamp lived. It makes sense, therefore, that the Swamp hit the Trump administration for eliminating the NSC, which is a part of the Swamp’s operation. Videos like this are just part of the Democrats’ smear campaign:

At a time when we need people coming together, Democrats are engaging in smear campaigns. How pathetic.

This NY Times article starts by saying that Rick Grenell isn’t wasting time draining the Swamp. Shortly after that, the Times’ bias is exposed. The Times wrote “Mr. Patel was best known as the lead author of a politically charged memo two years ago that accused F.B.I. and Justice Department leaders of abusing their surveillance powers to spy on a former Trump campaign adviser. The memo was widely criticized as misleading, though an inspector general later found other problems with aspects of the surveillance.”

The Times’ bias is obvious. First, they write that Kash Patel was the lead author of a document that “accused F.B.I. and Justice Department leaders of abusing their surveillance powers to spy on a former Trump campaign adviser.” When the Times wrote that the “memo was widely criticized as misleading, though an inspector general later found other problems with aspects of the surveillance”, it means that Adam Schiff criticized it, then the other Democrats on the Committee agreed with Schiff.

The fact that the Times article doesn’t use the name of the report is proof of the Times’ bias. The report is often referred to as the Horowitz Report. It’s considered to be the authoritative report on the FBI’s FISA warrant abuse. This should be one of the first things that Grenell looks into:

During the briefing, which was supposed to focus on coordination between government agencies to fight election interference, not the acts themselves, Republicans challenged the intelligence agencies’ conclusion that the Russians continue to favor Mr. Trump. Some officials said the briefing was not meant to be controversial and that intelligence officials intended to simply reiterate what they had told the Senate Intelligence Committee weeks earlier.

There’s no disputing that the Russians will attempt to interfere in our elections. What’s disputed is whether the Russians are trying to help President Trump.

Since taking office, the Trump administration has levied crippling sanctions on Russia, sold lethal military aid to Ukraine, started negotiating with Europe to import LNG while cutting Europe’s reliance on Russia’s energy. That pipeline hurt Russia’s economy bigtime. Why on God’s green Earth would Putin prefer Trump over Bernie Sanders?

Bernie wants to eliminate US fossil fuel production, which helps Russia economically while strengthening its geopolitical position. Bernie thinks that the US should model itself after Cuba and Russia. Again, why would anyone think that Russia would prefer Trump over Bernie? Bernie honeymooned in Moscow when the Soviet Union still existed.

Grenell should highlight this interview to expose the Democrats’ deceitfulness:

It was Devin Nunes, the man that Adam Schiff has continually attacked, who first talked about Russian election interference in 2014. During the interview, Nunes told Harris Faulkner that he’ll soon be filing a lawsuit against the Washington Post for publishing an article that is demonstrably false.

If Grenell starts cleaning house within the ODNI, he’ll quickly develop enemies. The Intel Community is as swampy as it gets. Ditto with the State Department. Adam Schiff is the personification of the Swamp, too, but that’s another post for another day.

The House Democrats’ credibility crisis is reaching epic proportions. Multiple DNC propagandist organizations, otherwise known as news organizations in a bygone era, are reporting that Russia is interfering in our elections with the intent on helping President Trump’s re-election campaign and “to raise questions about the integrity of the elections process, the source added.” Devin Nunes shot holes in that theory tonight, saying that “we can’t talk about what happened in that meeting so if anything in that Washington Post story or the NYTimes story is true about either Bernie Sanders or Putin’s plans and intentions or anything else, nobody that’s in the committee or has seen this classified information should be talking about it. Now, it gets worse. When you have the Washington Post claim that I went to the White House to tell the President really bad things to get him to fire Maguire. Now, look, I don’t know which planet the Washington Post is on but they’ll have an opportunity in federal court in the next couple weeks to explain who their sources are because I’m gonna have to take them to court because I didn’t go to the White House. I didn’t talk to President Trump so this is the same garbage and the only way to get these guys to stop…”

This didn’t get leaked by the White House. The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, aka the HPSCI, is chaired by Adam Schiff, the most notorious liar and leaker in Congress. Friday, Schiff tweeted this:


First, there’s no doubt that Russia is attempting to interfere with elections. Next, Schiff has problems because CBS’s Catherine Herridge tweeted this:


Allegations aren’t proof. Opinions and theories aren’t proof, either. Schiff’s tweet isn’t a lie because he said “if reports are true and the President is interfering with that, he is against jeopardizing our efforts to stop foreign meddling.” At that point, Schiff is just hypothesizing. He closes, though, with a firm-sounding conclusion, saying “Exactly as we warned he would do.”

The fact that the briefers didn’t have phone intercepts or SIGINT to back up these claims is a major red flag. Schiff likely leaked this briefing. Shame on him for that but that won’t stop him from leaking again. He’s pathological. The list of his lies is lengthy and well-known. I don’t need to repeat them here.

The Democrats’ national security leadership team (Speaker Pelosi, Conference Chairman Jefferies, Judiciary Committee Chairman Nadler and Chairman Schiff) aren’t people of integrity. If you’re looking for integrity from the Washington Post, CNN and the NYTimes, you haven’t paid attention lately.

When it’s time for this election’s closing arguments, the Democrats’ integrity/credibility crisis will come front and center. That’s when things will get ugly fast.