Poor old Paul Manafort. He’s the forgotten man, quietly serving out his sentence, collateral damage in the ongoing effort to take down Trump.
Now that more records from the FBI have been uncovered --- after being protected by a slow-walking bureaucracy for months and even years --- we’ve got a new term to describe what the intel community specializes in: “strategic leaking.” What good is an attempt to influence an election or unseat a President without help from the media? And we’re learning that the relationship was and is a two-way street.
Recall that early in Trump’s presidency, the administration was leaking like crazy. We’d never seen anything like it. How was this happening? Judicial Watch, now getting big-time payoff after suing under the Freedom of Information Act over many thousands of documents that were being withheld, just keeps digging up more and more that explains it in hindsight.
For example, last week, the FBI released documents relating to a meeting on April 11, 2017, that was set up by then-Chief of the Justice Department’s Criminal Fraud Section Andrew Weissmann (this was a few weeks before he started his work leading Robert Mueller’s special counsel investigation and prosecuting Paul Manafort) between the DOJ, FBI and the Associated Press. Apparently, the AP had a two-way relationship with top intel people: you give us information, and we’ll give YOU information. We know this because the AP provided information to Weissmann and his group about former Trump campaign director Manafort –- including the numeric code to Manafort’s storage locker.
John Conyers dies
Former Michigan Rep. John Conyers, founder of the Congressional Black Caucus and longest-serving black member of Congress, died in his sleep of natural causes Sunday at age 90. He was a longtime leader in the civil rights movement and was behind the bill to make the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday a national holiday. A staunch liberal Democrat, Conyers was in Congress for over 50 years before resigning in 2017 amid sexual harassment allegations.
Proving that when you set politics aside, people have surprising things in common: Conyers’ earliest ambition was to become a jazz musician, but his father forbid it. Still, he continued to love jazz. He even sponsored a bill to forgive a $1.6 million tax lien on bandleader Woody Herman’s estate, and he used to keep a standup bass in his office.
We extend our prayers and condolences to his family.
I wanted to make sure you also read these comments:
Fake News Monday: Last week, CNN ran a story blasting ICE for detaining “migrant kids” and locking them up in juvenile detention facilities that are more like jails than shelters.
There are some aspects of this that might be newsworthy, but here are some minor details that CNN left out: these are teenagers with criminal records that ICE deems to be too dangerous to put in shelters with other kids (for instance, one whom CNN described in glowing terms was actually convicted in a series of car break-ins and for threatening a friend with a knife.)
Oh, and stop me if you’ve heard this one before: this policy has been going on since Obama was in office.
Aside from that, great reporting job, CNN.
Nancy Pelosi just lost a vote for impeachment: California Democratic Rep. Katie Hill resigned Sunday after a series of revelations and photos related to the growing scandal over her alleged “throuple” sexual relationship with her husband and a female staffer.
While Pelosi praised Hill for her “powerful commitment to her community and a bright vision for the future“ (she certainly has a “progressive” vision of human relationships), she added, “We must ensure a climate of integrity and dignity in Congress, and in all workplaces.”
That’s the sad part: given what’s going on these days, Katie Hill might have been behaving with more integrity and dignity than most of the other House Democrats.
There’s more good news about the Trump economy: since he took office, median household income is up by $5003, and there are now an all-time-high 7 million unfilled jobs in the US, meaning employers have to do more to entice people to work for them. But the anti-Trump media is still desperately trying to spin the idea that the economy really isn’t that good – and if it is, it’s just because Trump inherited a booming economy from Obama.
At the link, economic consultant and Trump adviser Stephen Moore dismantles that argument by listing the various ways in which economic indicators were actually going the wrong direction in Obama’s last year, and many expected a recession, but Trump turned it around by undoing as much of the Obama economic program as possible.
Bible Verse of the Day (KJV)
"For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end."
- Jeremiah 29:11
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