Sunday, June 25, 2017

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Comey Deleted
When will Trump start calling this guy "Shady James Comey"

Judicial Watch today announced it sent Acting FBI Director Andrew G. McCabe a warning letter concerning the FBI’s legal responsibility under the Federal Records Act (FRA) to recover records, including memos Comey subsequently leaked to the media, unlawfully removed from the Bureau by former Director James Comey. The June 14 letter from Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton states:

As you are well aware, former FBI Director James Comey gave sworn testimony last week before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. Among other things, Mr. Comey confirmed that, while in office, he created various memoranda regarding his meetings with President Trump. Mr. Comey also confirmed that, after his departure from the FBI, he provided at least some of these memoranda to a third party, Columbia Law School Professor Daniel Richman, for the purpose of leaking them to the press. Various media outlets now have reported that Professor Richman has provided these memoranda to the FBI. It is unclear whether he still retains copies of the memoranda.

I am writing to you on behalf of Judicial Watch, Inc., a not-for-profit educational organization that seeks to promote transparency, accountability, and integrity in government and fidelity to the rule of law. In furtherance of its public interest mission, Judicial Watch regularly requests access to the records of the FBI through the Freedom of Information Act and disseminates its findings to the public. In fact, on May 16, 2017, Judicial Watch submitted a FOIA request seeking these specific memoranda removed from the FBI by Mr. Comey. Judicial Watch also has pending FOIA lawsuits in which the memoranda may be at issue.

These memoranda were created by Mr. Comey while serving as FBI director, were written on his FBI laptop, and concerned official government business. As such, they indisputably are records subject to the Federal Records Act. 44 U.S.C. §§ 2101-18, 2901-09, 3101-07, and 3301-14. The fact that Mr. Comey removed these memoranda from the FBI upon his departure, apparently for the purpose of subsequently leaking them to the press, confirms the FBI’s failure to retain and properly manage its records in accordance with the Federal Records Act. Even if Mr. Comey no longer has possession of these particular memoranda, as he now claims, some or all of these memoranda may still be in possession of a third party, such as Professor Richman, and must be recovered. Mr. Comey’s removal of these memoranda also suggests that other records may have been removed by Mr. Comey and may remain in his possession or in the possession of others. If so, these records must be recovered by the FBI as well.

As you may be aware, the Federal Records Act imposes a direct responsibility on you to take steps to recover any records unlawfully removed from the FBI. Specifically, upon learning of “any actual, impending, or threatened unlawful removal, defacing, alteration, corruption, deletion, erasure, or other destruction of records in the custody of the agency,” you must notify the Archivist of the United States. 44 U.S.C. § 3106. Upon learning that records have been unlawfully removed from the FBI, you then are required to initiate action through the Attorney General for the recovery of records. Id.

In the event you fail to take these steps, you should be aware that Judicial Watch is authorized under the law to file a lawsuit in federal district court seeking that you be compelled to comply with the law. Judicial Watch, Inc. v. Kerry, 844 F.3d 952, 955 (D.C. Cir. 2016); Armstrong v. Bush, 924 F.2d 282,296 (D.C. Cir. 1991). Please advise us no later than June 26, 2017 if you intend to take the action required under the law. If we do not hear from you by that date, we will assume that you do not intend to take any action. Thank you for your attention to this matter.

“Mr. Comey took government records and the FBI and Justice Department are obligated to get them back,” added Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.  “The former FBI director isn’t above the law and current leadership of the FBI should stop protecting him and take action.”

Judicial Watch is pursuing a lawsuit challenging the State Department’s failure to take any action to recover emails of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other employees unlawfully removed from the agency seeks to force State Department compliance with the Federal Records Act (FRA).  Judicial Watch argues the State Department and FBI never bothered to do a full search for Hillary Clinton’s government emails. This is one of several of Judicial Watch’s FOIA lawsuits seeking government records and information about the non-government email system used by Clinton.

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Scalise Shooter Identified

The shooter involved in this morning’s shooting has been identified as 66-year-old James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Ill.

Hodgkinson has recently been making public posts critical of President Trump.

James Hodgkinson

 

His Facebook page, which has since been deleted, featured a Bernie Sanders cover photo and a profile picture with the words “Democratic Socialism Explained in 3 words: “WE THE PEOPLE”.”

James Hodgkinson

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Scalise Shooting
Please pray for Scalise, and the policemen and staffers who were injured in this attack.

It didn’t even take an hour before liberals on Twitter began their partisan snark regarding the attack on GOP members of Congress this Wednesday morning as they gathered in Alexandria for baseball practice.

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, one of the main chearleaders of Paul Ryan and Donald Trump’s American Health Care Act, was reportedly shot in the hip. Two Capitol Hill police and at least one Congressional staffers were also shot during the attack.

On Twitter, @thatgirlfrmOhio was quick to weigh, telling her 507 followers “Many weapons are used to kill people. Republicans have chosen healthcare as their weapon.”

Sergio Dericks (@sergio_dericks) posted “Scalise..Hope you pass gun control when you get better . . . You got Shot by AR 15! Need to ban all Assault weapons!

Note that at the time of this writing, all that was known as a rifle was used by the shooter.

Jen Smith (@JenSmith230) complained by the distraction saying, “Can we get back to covering #ImpeachTrumpNOw? This #Scalise thing is only dividing #TheResistance. We don’t need distractions. #Resist.”

Chris Le (@ChrisLeDC) was more pointed with his post, “Scalise, isn’t Karma something?”

Pratt Falls (@PrattFalls) jumped into the specifics when he asked, “Wonder what Scalise & Capital [sic] Police think about silencers after today’s horrible events? We need sensible gun laws.”

Pratt was referring to the Hearing Protection Act that will lift administrative restrictions on the purchase of suppressors.

Regardless of the political motivations of the shooter, it’s clear that the political Left will use the attack to promote their agenda to restrict gun ownership in America – despite that known fact that the majority of mass shootings in America have been committed by Liberals.

Twitter user C.T. summed up the Left’s judgement with his post:

Comment below.

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The face of mental illness.

According to the latest police investigation reports, a man who killed three co-workers at a grocery store in Northeast Pennsylvania in a shooting spree, had a history of posting violent material and content on social media platforms. A disturbing prediction about President Donald Trump is also credited to the man.

Investigation officials say that they have identified the Twitter account of Randy Stair, the 24-year-old shoot who committed suicide after the murders.

Back in September 2016, two months before the election, Randy posted this chilling message regarding Trump on Twitter, “I can almost certainly guarantee you that Donald Trump will be assassinated. Maybe not this year, but in the near future.”

After the election, he took to Twitter, to post yet another creepy message regarding Trump. He wrote, “Donald Trump’s face is the *ss of America.”

According to the police, Stair locked up four of his fellow employees in a grocery store in Pennsylvania and shot to death three of them, while the fourth escaped and immediately rang the police. Before the shooting began, Stair reportedly spent 90 minutes blocking exits.

“This is really a mental health situation that utterly spiraled out of control,” Wyoming County District Attorney Jeff Mitchell said. “I think he had longstanding mental health issues that resulted in this horrible tragedy.”

“It’s just unspeakable, it really is,” he added. “These people went to work and they lost their lives because they went to work. It’s senseless.”

It is being speculated that Stair was obsessed with massacres since he clearly idolized mass killers including Columbine shooters Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, on social media.

In a video posted on YouTube, Stair lashed out angrily at the world, saying, “I’ve been stepped on my whole life; not anymore. …I’ve had enough of this putrid planet and I’m going to leave my mark.”

Before his own massacre, Stair tweeted one last time, “Goodbye humans…I’ll miss you….”

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The ghost of Hillary still haunts us.

In his testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey revealed that former Attorney General Loretta Lynch asked him to call the FBI’s probe into former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s alleged use of a private server, not as an “investigation” but just a “matter.”

During the testimony, Comey also said that Lynch tried to get him to downplay the seriousness of the investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server to carry out her duties as the secretary of state.

“At one point the attorney general had directed me not to call it an ‘investigation,’ but to call it a ‘matter,’ which confused me and concerned me,” Comey said.

Comey indicated that the conversation was one of the main reasons he took the Clinton investigation public. He also pointed to a meeting between former President Bill Clinton and Lynch as one of the reasons.

The meeting between the former attorney general and the former president, according to Comey, helped him make his decision “in an ultimately conclusive way.”

“That was the thing that capped it for me, that I had to do something separately to protect the credibility of the investigation, which meant both the FBI and the Justice Department,” Comey said of the meeting.

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nsa leaker's mom
Well if her mom said so . . .

Reality Winner, the 25-year-old alleged NSA leaker, was arrested on Saturday for reportedly sharing highly confidential data with the press. Her parents spoke to Anderson Cooper Tuesday night, expressing shock that their daughter was arrested. Her parents called her a “patriot” for reportedly leaking classified information to The Intercept.

“She was very scared,” Winner’s mother, Billie Winner-Davis, told Cooper. “They took her by surprise. She was not expecting any of this.”

Following her arrest on Saturday, it is being speculated that Winner could be charged with leaking sensitive information and could face up to 10 years in prison. The Department of Justice also released a statement after Winner’s arrest.

“A criminal complaint was filed in the Southern District of Georgia today charging Reality Leigh Winner, 25, a federal contractor from Augusta, Georgia, with removing classified material from a government facility and mailing it to a news outlet, in violation of 18 U.S.C. Section 793(e).”

“On or about May 9, Winner printed and improperly removed classified intelligence reporting, which contained classified national defense information from an intelligence community agency, and unlawfully retained it. Approximately a few days later, Winner unlawfully transmitted by mail the intelligence reporting to an online news outlet.”

Recently, reports have also surfaced that Winner had ties to the certain Muslim civil rights’ groups and was also an active member of the “Resistance” movement.

“I didn’t know what company she worked for,” Winner-Davis told Cooper. “I don’t know what she did when she went to work.”

During the discussion with Cooper, Winner-Davis said that her daughter had called her before her arrest on Saturday and told her that she may be in trouble. She also revealed that she spoken to her after her arrest.

“She was afraid she was going to disappear, that [the government was] going to make her disappear,” Winner-Davis said. “And she felt like she needed to give them what they were asking for at the time.”

Gary Davis, her stepfather, added that the way Winner is being treated now is “disheartening.”

“She served her country, she is a veteran,” Davis said. “She’s a patriot, and to see her maligned and slandered in the media is very disheartening.”

Winner-Davis is of the belief that her daughter is “ready to pay the price” if she is guilty.

“My biggest fear in all of this is that she’s not going to get a fair trial,” Winner-Davis added. “She’s going to be made an example of … I’m terrified for her right now because of the news, the climate, the social media.”

Winner-Davis also denied she had any knowledge of her daughter’s purported ties to alt-left groups.

“She’s never ever given me any kind of indication that she was in favor of that at all,” Winner-Davis said. “I don’t know how to explain it.”

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Wait, what does that spell?

On Wednesday, during a discussion at the Code Conference, Hillary Clinton, the former presidential candidate, dismissed the investigation of her private email server as being insignificant.

“The use of my email account was turned into, you know, the biggest scandal since Lord knows when,” Clinton said when the topic of “weaponizing” technology came up in the conversation. “And, you know … I’m just using everything that anybody else said about it besides me to basically say this was the biggest nothing-burger ever.”

Clinton continued, “It was a mistake. I’ve said it was a mistake. And obviously, if I could turn the clock back, I wouldn’t have done it in the first place. But the way that it was used was very damaging.”

The executive producer of the conference, Kara Swisher, from Recode, then asked Clinton, “And you didn’t handle it — that’s a mistake on your part, or the way it was used was a mistake on your — because we’re trying to get at what you think you misjudged?”

Clinton replied, reiterating her previous stance that she wasn’t careless and didn’t break any rules.

“Doing something that others had done before was no longer acceptable in the new environment in which we found ourselves,” Clinton explained to Swisher. “And there was no law against it; there was no rule — nothing of that sort. So, I didn’t break any rule. Nobody said, don’t do this — and I was very responsible and not at all careless.”

Later during the discussion, Clinton went on to compare the coverage her email scandal received to the US’ role in the World War 2 and how Pearl Harbor was covered by the media.

“And I think it was interesting — I know you had Dean Baquet here from The New York Times yesterday. And they covered it like it was Pearl Harbor,” Clinton said. “And then, in their endorsement of me, they said, this email thing — it’s like a help desk issue. So, it was always a hard issue to put to bed; but we put it to bed in July. And then, it rose up again.”

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Getting inspiration.

The Department of Homeland Security issued a report on Monday, indicating that nearly 740,000 of the foreigners who legally entered the US, overstayed their visas and continued to live in the country even at the end of 2016.

The number of people who overstayed their visas, a total of 739,478, amount to a meagre 1.47 percent of the 50 million who visited the US through airports and seaports, and were supposed to leave last year, according to the DHS report. The report does not include those who arrived in the US through a vehicular or ground point of entry.

According to the latest numbers, foreigners choosing to overstay their visas in the US, make up almost half of the country’s illegal population, which is estimated to be somewhere near 11 million people.

Senator Marco Rubi (R-Fla.), during his presidential campaign, raised the issue of visa overstays. He told Fox News’ “Fox & Friends” back in 2015: “We have a porous border, meaning not just the border with Mexico, but 40 percent of people in this country, illegally, are overstaying visas.”

The DHS began collecting data on visa overstays in 2015, making yesterday’s release the department’s second report on the issue. The federal agency said in its latest report that it maintains a database of departure and arrival information for all visitors to the US, and sends an updated list of individuals who overstay their visas to the Customs and Border Protection agency, daily. The CBP is tasked with enforcing the US’ immigration laws.

“Identifying overstays is important for national security, public safety, immigration enforcement, and processing applications for immigration benefits,” the new report said. “[D]HS will continue to annually and publicly release this overstay data, and looks forward to providing updates to congressional members and their staff on its ongoing progress.”

Almost 416,500 of the estimated 45 million foreigners in the US whose visas expired in 2015, overstayed in the country illegally. However, because the DHS changed the visa categories it previously used to calculate the number of expired visa holders still in the country, the total number of overstays cannot be compared with the previous year.

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Liberal women are STILL with her.

During Tuesday’s transmission of ABC’s famed daytime show, “The View,” two liberal co-hosts criticized the validity of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails, claiming the topic was “fake news.”

Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg decried that the dispute behind Clinton’s email server could be called “fake news” purposely cooked up by the Russians.

Talking about the Russian investigation probe as a whole, the women discussed the allegations stemming from anonymous sources that President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner was known to be in constant communication with Moscow prior to the 2016 election.

Jedidiah Bila, the conservative hsot of the show, gave the story no credibility; however, the liberal panelists said that they believed the story about Kushner and his association with the Russians to be true.

Goldberg then accused Bila of supporting “fake news,” and brought up Clinton’s emails.

“You believed that there were … e-mails, you believed the e-mail thing,” Goldberg accused Bila.

Bila responded, “Only what was found.”

“I’m sorry?” Goldberg asked, defending Clinton. “No, not just what we found. You know, I never want to point fingers but I will say that a lot of people occasionally said it at this very table, you know, her e-mails, she’s been dishonest.”

Bila then reminded Goldberg that the investigation into Clinton’s email server was not fake news. “That was proven, Whoopi. That was proven.”

Goldberg then reiterated her theory that Clinton’s email scandal was fake, and Behar joined in agreement.

“It was fake,” the two added on separate occasions.

“Fake news,” Behar added.

Later during the show, Behar deliberated why James Comey, the former FBI Director, didn’t acknowledge that Clinton’s emails were “fake news” cooked by the Russians to try and sabotage the 2016 election.

“Let me ask you something,” Behar said. “According to what I’ve been reading, Comey finds out at that time that this is fake news that the Russians basically planted. And yet he doesn’t … when he announces there’s some issue with Hillary’s e-mail he doesn’t tell the American people what he knows which is this is fake news. Why doesn’t he say that at that time?”

Bila responded, “I don’t know but what that proves to me … I don’t know but isn’t that proof that anything can be fake? Any of this can be fake.”

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Round 'em up!

Former speaker of the US House of Representatives, Newt Gingrich, who is also a staunch supporter of President Trump, advised the president to begin tracking down the people responsible for leaking information in violation of “secrecy acts” and have them thrown in jail. According to Gingrich, this move would cause the “leaks [to] dry up dramatically.”

“I want to draw a distinction,” Gingrich told “Fox and Friends” on Sunday. “There’s political garbage, there are people who go across to the Starbucks near the White House, and they sit and they tell insider stories. That’s unfortunate, and you ought to fire them if you can find them, but that’s not the same as violating the secrecy acts. People who violate the secrecy acts ought to go to jail.”

“What happened with the Manchester information, for example, after the bombing in Manchester, undermined the British investigation, weakened our relationship to our allies, and is dangerous,” Gingrich continued. “Whoever leaked that should go to jail. Now, you start putting a few people in jail, you’ll see the leaks dry up dramatically.”

Following the terror attack in Manchester on Monday, in which 22 people were killed and 60 others wounded, leaks from the intelligence community revealed confidential information regarding the UK’s investigation of the bomber and more such threats to the country.

Later on Thursday, UK authorities temporarily suspended sharing of any intelligence with US agencies after specifics about the investigation in the UK were leaked to the media.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, on Friday said that the US was ready to take “full responsibility” for the leaks.

“We take full responsibility for that and we obviously regret that that happened,” Tillerson said. “With respect to the release of information inappropriately … certainly we condemn that.”

Trump, on Sunday, took to Twitter to announce how UK PM Theresa May felt about the leaks.

“British Prime Minister May was very angry that the info the U.K. gave to U.S. about Manchester was leaked. Gave me full details!” Trump wrote.

The same day, Trump further dismissed any reports stemming from anonymous sources, saying, “Whenever you see the words ‘sources say’ in the fake news media, and they don’t mention names …. it is very possible that those sources don’t exist but are made up by fake news writers. #FakeNews is the enemy!”

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