Friday, January 17, 2020

Is Hillary Off the Hook?

Hillary Clinton has been under investigation – off and on – since 2015. First, for her unauthorized email server, and later, for pay-for-play allegations associated with her time as Obama’s Secretary of State, including Clinton Foundation connections to the Uranium One scandal. In November 2017, then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions appointed US Attorney John Huber to investigate Uranium One and other Clinton matters. The official letter of appointment can be found here. And those investigations have been ongoing ever since.

There have been spurious reports related to those investigations over the past two years. For example, there were several Uranium One whistleblowers who testified before Congress, as reported here. And there were “boxes of evidence” supposedly being loaded onto a DoJ-chartered aircraft in 2018, as reported here. But nothing from official DoJ sources on the status of the investigation(s), and certainly nothing from Huber himself nor anyone directly involved in his investigation into “Uranium One and other Clinton matters.”

Then, suddenly, CNN reported that Huber’s investigation isn’t leading to “formal criminal investigation.”

A Justice Department review of business dealings tied to Hillary Clinton — championed by President Donald Trump and his allies — has wound down with officials not finding enough evidence to recommend the formal opening of a criminal investigation, according to current and former US officials.

The Justice Department has not formally closed the review, which was led by US Attorney John Huber of Utah, the officials told CNN.

A spokeswoman for Huber deferred comment to the Justice Department’s spokeswoman, who declined to comment. The Department of Justice also declined to comment to the Washington Post, which first reported that Huber’s review had essentially come to an end.

Did you catch that the CNN report was based on unnamed “current and former US officials”? I’m just not buying the spin. Who are those officials, and what is the purpose behind the unsubstantiated leaks? How many times are we supposed to swallow a “breaking CNN news report” based on information from unnamed sources that is later proven to be completely false?

And then there is this brand-new information from Judicial Watch: “State Dept produces to Judicial Watch new emails just found by the FBI. Includes classified info and revelation Clinton used text messaging for government business.”

Cynical me says that the CNN report was a spin-job intended to get out in front of the Judicial Watch revelations, as well as the typical gaslighting of those of us who have been praying for harsh justice to be delivered to Hillary Clinton. Documents galore, whistleblower testimony, official emails, and who knows what else has been uncovered by the FBI and Huber’s investigators, plus tons of information collected by intrepid independent investigators that is already in the public domain. And no criminal prosecutions?

We’re supposed to believe that Huber’s team doesn’t already have those emails given to Judicial Watch, or, worse, that they do have them but decided to not pursue a criminal prosecution? I’m not buying it and am going to wait for official confirmation from DoJ that Hillary Clinton is in the clear. And then there were those Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information and Special Access Program emails that were on her unauthorized email server….

The end.

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Army & Navy Game - Veterans Trip - Best Christmas Story

The Best Christmas Story You "Never" Heard

Here's a 'today' Yule story that occurred 4 weeks ago – and now, during the holidays, I bring you the best Christmas story you “never” heard.

It started last Christmas, when Bennett and Vivian Levin were overwhelmed by sadness while listening to radio reports of injured American troops.   "We have to let them know we care," Vivian told Bennett.

So they organized a trip to bring soldiers from Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Bethesda Naval Hospital to the annual Army-Navy football game in Philly, on December 3, 2019.

The cool part is, they created their own train line to do it.   Yes, there are people in this country who actually own real trains and Bennett Levin, a native Philly guy and a self-made millionaire is one of them.

He has three luxury rail cars.   Think mahogany paneling, plush seating and white-linen dining areas.   He also has two locomotives, which he stores at his Juniata Park train yard.   One car, the elegant Pennsylvania, carried John F. Kennedy to the Army-Navy game in 1961 and '62.   Later, it carried his brother Bobby's body to D.C. for burial.   "That's a lot of history for one car," says Bennett.

He and Vivian wanted to revive a tradition that endured from 1936 to 1975, during which trains carried Army-Navy spectators from around the country directly to the stadium where the annual game is played.   The Levins could think of no better passengers to reinstate the ceremonial ride than the wounded men and women recovering at Walter Reed in D.C. and Bethesda, in Maryland.

"We wanted to give them a first-class experience," says Bennett.   "Gourmet meals on board, private transportation from the train to the stadium, perfect seats – real hero treatment."

Through the Army War College Foundation, of which he is a trustee, Bennett met with Walter Reed's commanding general, who loved the idea.   But Bennett had some ground rules first, all designed to keep the focus on the troops alone:

No press on the trip, lest the soldiers' day of pampering devolve into a media circus.

No politicians either, because, says Bennett, "I didn't want some idiot making this trip into a campaign photo op" and no Pentagon suits on board, otherwise the soldiers would be too busy saluting superiors to relax.

The general agreed to the conditions, and Bennett realized he had a problem on his hands.   "I had to actually make this thing happen," he laughs.

Over the next months, he recruited owners of 15 other sumptuous rail cars from around the country into lending their vehicles for the day (these people tend to know each other).

The name of their temporary train?   The Liberty Limited.

Amtrak volunteered to transport the cars to D.C. – where they'd be coupled together for the round-trip ride to Philly – then back to their owners later.

Conrail offered to service the Liberty while it was in Philly.   And SEPTA drivers would bus the disabled soldiers 200 yards from the train to Lincoln Financial Field, for the game.

A benefactor from the War College ponied up 100 seats to the game – on the 50-yard line – and lunch in a hospitality suite.

And corporate donors filled, for free and without asking for publicity, goodie bags for attendees:

From Woolrich, stadium blankets,
From Wal-Mart, digital cameras,
From Nikon, field glasses, and
From GEAR, down jackets.

There was booty not just for the soldiers, but for their guests, too, since each was allowed to bring a friend or family member.

The Marines, though, declined the offer.   "They voted not to take guests with them, so they could take more Marines," says Levin, choking up at the memory.

Bennett's an emotional guy, so he was worried about how he'd react to meeting the 88 troops and guests at D.C.'s Union Station, where the trip originated.   Some GIs were missing limbs.

Others were wheelchair-bound or accompanied by medical personnel for the day.   "They made it easy to be with them," he says.   "They were all smiles on the ride to Philly.   Not an ounce of self-pity from any of them.   They're so full of life and determination."

At the stadium, the troops reveled in the game, recalls Bennett.   Not even Army's lopsided loss to Navy could deflate the group's rollicking mood.

Afterward, it was back to the train and yet another gourmet meal – heroes get hungry, says Levin – before returning to Walter Reed and Bethesda .   "The day was spectacular," says Levin.

It was all about these kids.   It was awesome to be part of it."

The most poignant moment for the Levins was when 11 Marines hugged them goodbye, then sang them the Marine Hymn on the platform at Union Station.

"One of the guys was blind, but he said, 'I can't see you, but man, you must be beautiful!' " says Bennett.   "I got a lump so big in my throat, I couldn't even answer him."

It's been three weeks, but the Levins and their guests are still feeling the day's love.   "My Christmas came early," says Levin, who is Jewish and who loves the Christmas season.

"I can't describe the feeling in the air."   Maybe it was hope.

As one guest wrote in a thank-you note to Bennett and Vivian, "The fond memories generated last Saturday will sustain us all – whatever the future may bring."

God bless the Levins … and God bless the troops, every single one.

Monday, December 30, 2019

Rough men versus soft lawyers

When it comes to President Trump's thinking about the Navy's strange
prosecution of Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher and some other SEALs, this
quote from George Orwell comes to mind: "We sleep soundly in our beds
because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those
who would do us harm."

Yes, our Navy SEALs, Delta Force operators, Army Rangers and Special
Forces are very rough men who take exception to the beheading of
innocents and to putting pilots in cages and setting fire to them. In
fact, our rough men, who reek of macho-male toxicity, have been
visiting violence on those who would do us harm.

That, however, did not sit well with some female lawyers inside the
Navy's JAG Corps who decided our rough men should be brought to heel.
Apparently, thinking the ends justify the means, they got NCIS
investigators to coach and shape the testimony of interviewees. They
used malware to listen in on discussions between Chief Petty Officer
Gallagher and his lawyer. They hid a video clearing Gallagher of
murder. And when a Navy Corpsman, under a grant of immunity, confessed
that he killed the POW, not Gallagher, they pressed the case anyway.
The presiding judge had to admonish the prosecutors for misconduct.

Then, after Gallagher was tried under the Uniform Code of Military
Justice (UCMJ) by a jury of his peers and acquitted of all charges
except for posing in a photo showing a dead terrorist, the Navy tried
to give the team of prosecutors Navy Medals of Achievement for losing
their case-in-chief. Is it any wonder that these antics drew the
attention of the Commander-in-Chief of our Armed Forces?

When the admiral in charge of the Navy's special operations decided to
make an example of the acquitted Gallagher by convening a board to
deprive Gallagher of his treasured Trident symbol of his SEAL-hood,
President Trump had more than enough of the nonsense, tweeting that
the Navy would not deprive Gallagher of his Trident.

Apparently, the civilian Secretary of the Navy was not familiar with
Article II of the U.S. Constitution and the powers granted to the
President as Commander-in-Chief. He also made the mistake of going
around his immediate boss, the Secretary of Defense, trying to cut a
phony deal with the White House staff. A deal that would let the Navy
hold the review panel, for the sake of appearances; however, it would
be foreordained that Gallagher would not lose his Trident.

Now, there's a real scheme to undermine "good order and discipline" in
our military. The Secretary of Defense (not President Trump) fired the
Secretary of the Navy for violating the chain-of-command, not to
mention his dishonest cockamamie scheme.

Of course, all this was lost upon the Democrat's presidential
candidates and their handmaidens in the mainstream hate-Trump media.

Memo to President Trump: Screen future appointees using this question:
"When the President says jump, what do you reply?" Only appoint those
who know the correct answer. And what is the lesson our rough men will
draw from all this? Your Commander-in-Chief has your back. Go visit
even more violence on those who would do us harm.

©2019. William Hamilton.


Sunday, December 22, 2019

Gov. Mike Huckabee Letter To Nancy Pelosi

By Mike Huckabee
Published on December 19, 2019
Mike Huckabee
Dear Madame Speaker:
I read the six-page letter sent to you by President Trump on the eve of his impeachment and thought that as long as letters are flying around, I would send you one myself, just as someone trying to help.

The biggest question for you now is what to do next as you contemplate what action might be taken in the Senate. Your follow-up strategy is very important, I know, to your goal of damaging the President as much as possible before the 2020 election. But right now you and your Democrat colleagues are busy celebrating — behind closed doors, of course — and it’s hard for people who are giddy with merriment and even perhaps a bit hung over to chart their next steps. (You’ve tried your best to look somber and be discreet about the celebrations, but some news accounts have slipped out. You know how it is with leaks.)
The impeachment of President Trump is your long-awaited Christmas gift to yourselves, and now that you have finally unwrapped it, you naturally want to play with it a while. Goodness, you’ve worked so hard and have come so far. And you must all be very proud of yourselves, considering you got this done completely on your own, with not one single vote from the Republican side. Who needs those Republicans, right? You made up your own rules and accomplished the deed all by yourselves.

You worked and planned for this, and only this, literally for years. You were single-minded. You did it. You own this.
And Now More Games

But now it’s time for the Senate to take it on. And I just read in The Daily Caller that you are “leaving open” the possibility of withholding the articles of impeachment from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell until you are “assured a fair trial in the Senate.” You said that, so far, you haven’t seen anything that looks fair to you. You’ve apparently suggested to reporters that you plan to hold up the impeachment process.
Wow, what an idea! You get to put the “black mark” of impeachment by President Trump’s name, after railroading him in Adam Schiff’s kangaroo court. And then, for as long as the Senate has to wait to dismiss the charges or have their trial, those charges, vague as they are, continue to officially hang over him. You, of course, use those charges to try to discredit any appointments or other Presidential actions.

The founding fathers never intended something like this, and we know how much you respect the founding fathers because you mention that so often, but, hey, the founders would surely understand if they knew President Trump was really an agent of Russia, right? Of course they would. They would no doubt give their blessing to anything you did under these unique circumstances.
Anyway, you’ve said you think the President is “goading” you to come after him because he thinks it will “fire up his base.” And, my goodness, I see that you really are playing along. I understand you are still sending out congressional subpoenas to certain prospective witnesses that you didn’t have time to include in Schiff’s proceedings, as you needed to rush through impeachment by Christmas so you could open your present and “ooh” and “ahh.”

You didn’t have time for the court challenge from Trump that would have had to go before a judge (who might have ruled against you), so you just labeled the exercise of his constitutional rights as “obstruction” and forged ahead. As a result, even though you’ve already presented your case for impeachment and voted on it, you’re still working on investigations of Trump, plus his close allies and cabinet members, in three committees: Intelligence, Oversight and Foreign Affairs. It just never ends.
How diligent of you to continue building a case against the President even after your part is supposed to be done. This must be why you want to keep calling witnesses even in the Senate. That wish is certainly understandable, Madame Speaker, considering you have no actual evidence at all at this point. It simply isn’t fair for them to require you to make do with the evidence you have — hearsay and gossip and presumption that wouldn’t even be allowed in a court of law. Goodness, how unfair it would be for the Senate to refuse to allow you to continue digging until you finally found something. And we know how deeply concerned you are with basic fairness.

So let me get to the point of this letter. I have a helpful suggestion for you that will give you the fairness you crave, and I think Sen. McConnell might be persuaded to go along with the idea. To make sure the process is scrupulously fair, here’s what you do:  just have him follow exactly the same rules in the Senate that Adam Schiff did in the House. There you go, fairness!
Fair Play

This is how it will work: Sen. McConnell gets to make up the rules he wants, just as Schiff did. And being in the majority (as you were in the House), the Republicans vote straight party-line to approve them. Since you are the minority, you don’t get to call witnesses, but they do, and the witnesses can offer any “evidence” they want. You can ask questions — that’s only fair — but only the ones McConnell approves. The Senate majority has the option to dismiss the charges, of course, or it can subpoena Adam Schiff, his staff, Eric Ciaramella (alias “the whistleblower”), Hunter Biden, Joe Biden (after all, just because he’s running for President, he doesn’t have immunity), and numerous others. Maybe even Ukrainian President Zelensky would like to come testify — no quid pro quo involved.
That would be fair. After the way you treated the House Republicans, the slightest concession you get from the Senate should be considered gravy. And withholding the articles of impeachment is not going to help you, Madame Speaker, as it will just make you folks look more pathetic than you already do, if that is possible. This is one Christmas present you might be sorry you asked for.

Just trying to help. I’ll leave you with a quote from ranking House Judiciary member Doug Collins: “…history will reflect that Donald Trump is the third President to be impeached. History may also shortly reflect that he’ll be the first President to be re-elected after being wrongfully impeached.”
Gov. Mike Huckabee
PS. Rep. Collins also said this; I thought you might appreciate it: “The funny thing about obstruction, any time the Democrats get caught trying to frame this President for some crime he didn’t commit, they follow up by accusing him of obstructing their efforts to frame him for the things he never did in the first place.”

Mike Huckabee is the former governor of Arkansas and longtime conservative commentator on issues in culture and current events. A New York Times best-selling author, he hosts the weekly talk show Huckabee on TBN.
Originally published at Reprinted with permission

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Joe Biden - Quid Pro Quo & Money Laundering???

The Biden quid pro quo to fire Ukraine Prosecutor

According to  White House visitor logs, on January 19, 2016, Eric Ciaramella chaired a meeting of FBI, Department of Justice and Department of State personnel, which had two main objectives:

1.     To coerce the Ukrainians to drop the Burisma probe, which involved Vice President Joseph Biden’s son Hunter, and allow the FBI to take it over the investigation.

2.     To reopen a closed 2014 FBI investigation that focused heavily on GOP lobbyist Paul Manafort, whose firm long had been tied to Trump through his partner and Trump pal, Roger Stone.

That is, contain the investigation of Biden’s son and ramp up the investigation of Paul Manafort.

Again, according to  White House logs, the attendees at the January 19, 2016 meeting in Room 230A of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building were:

Eric Ciaramella - National Security Council Director for Ukraine

Liz Zentos - National Security Council Director for Eastern Europe

David G. Sakvarelidze - Deputy General Prosecutor of Ukraine

Anna E. Iemelianova (Yemelianova) - Legal Specialist, US Embassy Kyiv and  US Department of Justice’s Anti-Corruption Program.

Nazar A. Kholodnitsky, Ukraine’s chief anti-corruption prosecutor

Catherine L. Newcombe - attorney in the Criminal Division, Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, with the U.S. Department of Justice

Svitlana V. Pardus – Operations, Department of Justice, U.S. Embassy, Ukraine.

Artem S. Sytnyk  - Director of the National Anti-corruption Bureau of Ukraine

Andriy G. Telizhenko, political officer in the Ukrainian Embassy in Washington DC

Jeffrey W. Cole - Resident Legal Advisor at U.S. Embassy Ukraine, presumed to be FBI

Just two weeks after that meeting, on February 2, 2016, according to  White House logs, Eric Ciaramella chaired a meeting in Room 374 of the Eisenhower Executive Office, which seems to be a planning session to re-open an investigation of Paul Manafort (Note: one of the crimes of which Manafort was accused was money laundering, an area covered by the Department of the Treasury). The attendees were:

Money Laundering by the Bidens thru Latvia

Mr. Giuliani revealed last Monday morning on Steve Bannon’s radio show “The War Room: Impeachment” that he was working to release a report on his findings from his latest trip to Europe to Attorney General  Bill Barr and GOP lawmakers in Congress.

A few hours after his initial  tweet on Sunday, Rudy began dropping bombshells one tweet at at time.

Rudy said Victor Shokin, the Ukrainian prosecutor general investigating Burisma was not only fired after Biden threatened to withhold aid from Ukraine, but that he was poisoned and barely survived the poisoning.

“Shokin holds documents proving money laundering by Burisma & Biden’s,” Giuliani said. “He was fired due to VP Joe Biden’s threat not to release $1 billion in vital US aid.”

Giuliani then said, “Shokin’s medical records show he was poisoned, died twice, and was revived.”

“Lots of heads will roll in Ukraine if this opens up,” he added.

“All of a sudden Shokin gets this communique from Latvia that shows a $16 million laundering transaction — classic laundering transaction,” Giuliani said. “It goes from Ukraine, to Latvia, it’s disguised as a loan to another company to ‘Wirelogic’ I believe — it then goes to Cyprus, gets disguised as another loan — this is called “Digitech” then it’s dispersed as payment as board fees,” he added.

Giuliani added, “Now you don’t make two loans to make board fees unless you’re laundering the money. $3 million gets to Hunter Biden in that way.”

“That is a straight out violation of a money laundering statute,” he said.

During late 2015,  CIA “whistleblower”  Eric Ciaramella held a number of meetings with high-level Latvians including one meeting with Solvita Āboltiņa and Ainārs Latkovskis on October 29, 2015.

Interspersed with the Latvian meetings, Ciaramella met with Nathaniel P. Dean, then Director of the Office of Nordic and Baltic Affairs in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, Department of State, who later became Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Nicosia, Cyprus.