Today is the deadline for FBI Director Christopher Wray to turn over to Congress a document that a whistleblower says incriminates President Biden in a $5 million bribery scheme involving payments in exchange for policy decisions. Though this document is unclassified, the DOJ has been fighting tooth-and-nail to keep it hidden, saying that since it contains the notes from an interview with a confidential human source (CHS), letting it out of their hands might compromise “sources and methods,” which is their go-to excuse when they need to hide something.
Their statement includes this: “The FBI’s mission is to protect the American people. Releasing confidential source information could potentially jeopardize investigations and put lives at risk.” For comic relief, this is followed by the obligatory line of boilerplate: “The FBI remains committed to cooperating with Congress’ oversight requests.” See, pretty funny, right?
Hogwash. There are ways to avoid the “sources and methods” problem that fall well short of withholding the document. Identifying information about the CHS can be redacted. If necessary, the document may first be viewed only by key congressional figures in a “SCIF” (Sensitive Compartmentalized Information Facility) before it’s decided how public to make it. But the ‘Justice’ Department essentially told Congress to pound sand.
Kentucky Rep. James Comer, chairman of the House Oversight and Accountability Committee, has threatened to hold Director Wray in contempt of Congress.
Wray agreed to schedule a meeting with Comer this week. But in the meantime, Democrats are condemning Republicans’ assertiveness. Maryland Rep. Jamie Raskin, who has a storied history of outrageous, say-anything partisan hackery in the style of Schiff and Swalwell and did not disappoint this time, said that Comer is “making a mountain out of something that is not even a molehill.” Oh, really?? It sounds pretty serious to me. Apparently not to Raskin, though, who said, “It just sounds preposterous to me that you will hold the FBI director in contempt over a tip sheet that they think someone submitted to the FBI?”
“They think”? The existence of this document is settled. If they don’t have such a document, they should say so. (No one has said so.) And if they do have it but know there’s nothing to it, then they should just hand it over and show us all. Wouldn’t that leave us with egg on our faces? Wouldn’t Jamie Raskin LOVE to see Republicans with egg on our faces?
No, their defensive posture tells us we’re over the target. And they just sound ridiculous to any thinking person.
Raskin is not the only Democrat trying hard to minimize the story. Virginia Rep. Gerry Connolly, also a member of the House Oversight Committee, accused the Republicans of waging an assault on the FBI that was “fueled by Trump’s hatred” of it.
He has this backwards. Since 2015 or thereabouts, the FBI has been waging an assault on Trump, fueled by their hatred of HIM.
Besides, we deserve a once-and-for-all answer about “Biden Inc.” and Joe Biden’s role in the family business since he became Vice President. That means the truth, not spun by either party. This is no molehill; it’s looking more like Mt. Everest. At the link, you’ll get a chuckle at Karine Jean-Pierre’s awkward refusal to address the most straightforward question about it from FOX NEWS’ Peter Doocy.
On the Memorial Day episode of HANNITY, guest Miranda Devine told substitute host Will Cain that Chris Wray is “a cover-up merchant” and that she expects the FBI to continue stonewalling. Merrick Garland “treats Republican subpoenas like a joke,” she said. Charlie Hurt concurred, saying the FBI is “thoroughly corrupt to the core.” He said you can just “plop anyone into that spot [FBI director]” and that person’s first thought will be how to protect the Bureau. The agents of integrity who are coming forward as patriots provide the means to get around this. Good interview…
It could be a busy week for AG Garland, as he’ll be working overtime ignoring other congressional deadlines as well. Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, has demanded that Garland turn over all documents and communications among the DOJ, IRS and Delaware U.S. Attorney’s Office relating to the IRS whistleblower and the entire team who were removed from the Hunter Biden case. In case you didn’t see it last week, here’s the story from John Solomon.
Here’s something else the House Committee on Weaponization of the Federal Government might be interested in: a surveillance contractor called Flashpoint, which used to collect information about al-Qaeda and ISIS that they sold to the FBI, now monitors the Internet activity of “domestic American activists” protesting such things as mask and vaccine mandates. Their specialty seems to be infiltrating chat groups.
And since we’re not getting information from the U.S. Attorney’s Office or most American media, we’ll just get it from the U.K. DAILY MAIL: Texts saved on Hunter Biden’s laptop reveal that his uncle, presidential brother Jim Biden, suggests that Joe Biden was indeed in on the family’s business plans.
These frantic communications came in the aftermath of a 2018 NEW YORK TIMES story that mentioned Hunter’s ties to CCP-tied energy conglomerate CEFC. Jim, desperate to find Hunter, is apparently trying to distance him from the Chinese deal, saying, “You need a safe harbor” and “I can work with you[r] father alone.”
The NYT story is also the one that sparked the phone message from Joe to Hunter that said, “I think you’re in the clear.”
Just that one voicemail tells us President Biden has lied all along in denying any knowledge or involvement in his son’s foreign business dealings.
In related news, unless something changes, one casualty of the debt ceiling negotiations is House Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s promise to defund Biden’s plan to turbocharge the IRS with $80 billion to hire 87,000 more IRS agents. He and other Republicans ran on this. But in the new debt-ceiling deal, most of that appropriation --- $78.1 billion --- remains in the budget. He has delivered roughly 2 percent of the rollback he promised.
That is not acceptable. Miranda Devine at the NEW YORK POST has a must-read opinion piece.
The House is expected to vote on the bill by Wednesday, and it’s likely to pass, even though a number of conservatives have pulled their support, saying it still increases spending by $4 trillion over the next two years and does little other than letting our already way-too-big government grow a little slower. Here are several articles with more details.
Yes, I know you’re furious. Me, too. Maybe they’ll fix this, but don’t bet the farm on it, if the IRS hasn’t already taken the farm away from you.
In the meantime, we did find an amazing piece of unintentional humor that might lift you a bit. It’s from THE ATLANTIC, January 13, 2017, a week before Trump’s inauguration, about Obama’s expansion of Executive Order 12333, the rules governing surveillance. It’s called “Why Is Obama Expanding Surveillance Powers Right Before He Leaves Office? It could be to prevent Trump from extending them even more.”
The article did not age well. Since it was written, we’ve learned sooooo much about how the Obama intel community abused its surveillance powers to target Trump. Yet at the time, they were saying it was Trump who didn’t respect civil liberties and Obama who would have to rein HIM in. Fast-forward to 2023, and we all know it’s turned out to be the opposite. The permanent bureaucracy, or “deep state,” in cahoots with the news media and social media, has focused on surveilling and censoring Trump and his supporters, violating the Constitution under the guise of calling us “extremists” and “domestic terrorists.”
It’s just darkly hilarious to read now. This is an interview with Susan Hennessey of the Brookings Institution, which should tell you all you need to know. (It figures that she also used to work at the National Security Agency general counsel’s office.) Here are a few choice quotes:
“I am confident that all of the agencies in the U.S. intelligence community will discharge those very same obligations with the same level of diligence and rigor, adhering to both the spirit and the letter of the law.”
“One of the things that I think individuals who had insight into intelligence activities... were concerned about [was] the election of Donald Trump…”
“...I think the bottom line is that it’s comforting to a large national-security community that these are procedures that are signed off by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and Attorney General Loretta Lynch, and not by the DNI and attorney general that will ultimately be confirmed under the Trump Administration.”
You know, the Administration the American people actually voted for?