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January 24, 2023

“If they put this in a movie, you’d turn it off immediately, saying, ‘There is no way this is possible; this is just --- this is comedy, not drama…”

That was Mike Pompeo, speaking to Jesse Watters Monday evening about the revelation that Charles McGonigal, the FBI agent alleged to be a Russian asset, was also the one put in charge of the investigation into the DNC “hack.”  (We’ll have more on that connection soon.)  McGonigal had also been tasked with investigating Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska but had secretly gone to work FOR him to help get sanctions lifted against him.  He and court interpreter Sergey Shestakov, a U.S. citizen, were charged in the Southern District of New York; details of the charges here…

Pompeo said he’d personally suffered for two years under all this, with the FBI’s Russia Hoax. “It’s hard to know where to begin,” he said, “because it is so outlandish…Director Comey has a lot of questions to answer about how he picked this guy, why he picked this guy, and did he not know…”

Once again, not a good look for the FBI.  As Jack Posobiec tweeted: “I’m just going to repeat this for the people in the back.  An FBI official who investigated Trump for illegal ties to Russia but found none has just been arrested for his illegal ties to Russia. Internalize this.”

Legal analyst Alan Dershowitz has said for a couple of weeks that the Trump and Biden classified documents scandals would cancel each other out and that neither man would be prosecuted.  He said that again to Sean Hannity on Monday night. Different issues are at play: for Trump, he was the President and arguably had the authority to declassify any document at will, and for Biden, his possession of the documents would have to be proved intentional, and Biden would just say he didn’t know.

Where did this new standard of “intention” come from?  Our understanding was that it was the mere possession of classified materials that was illegal. Then-FBI Director James Comey pulled the same argument --- the difficulty of proving intent --- when saying “no reasonable prosecutor” would take Hillary’s email case.  And even if prosecutors DID have to prove intent, Hillary’s mishandling of classified emails and her destruction of evidence looked to us about as intentional as it gets.

(Aside: Dershowitz --- bafflingly --- has always maintained that Hillary, as egregious as her actions were, should not have been criminally prosecuted and said so again yesterday.  He seems to be playing the part of her defense attorney and simply will not go there. Hannity pressed him on that, with Dershowitz still saying she claimed those were “personal” emails and she was not destroying anything classified. He also said it wasn’t necessarily deliberate. With all respect, Mr. Dershowitz, this willful blindness where Hillary is concerned is making it harder to rely on you as an expert.)

Anyway, Dershowitz foresees no criminal prosecution of either Trump or Biden for having classified documents. But the larger issue is the massive corruption within the Biden family, Joe included, and what the documents he squirreled away in multiple locations might have to do with that. Dershowitz did call for “complete transparency” regarding the documents, noting that Biden, as the current President, has the power to declassify it all right now.

Gregg Jarrett reiterated that, yes, the President does have the authority to declassify. “It’s an exclusive power contained in the Constitution through the Commander-In-Chief clause. The Vice President doesn’t have that right, or Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State.” Unlike Dershowitz, he believes that the evidence against Hillary was “overwhelming” and it was “a terrible injustice” not to bring a case against her. He said that “every prosecutor in America would love to have brought such an easy case.”

He agreed with Dershowitz that “this will be a wash” but disagreed, as we do, that knowledge and intent/willfulness is the only standard. “If you examine Sec. F of 18 USC 793, that also provides for gross negligence or carelessness.” The growing number of locations where Biden’s classified materials are being found “renders ‘inadvertence’ implausible, and instead seems to be the definition of recklessness, gross negligence under the statutes. So I think that legally, it would be a fairly strong case.”

Jarrett sounded much like Jonathan Turley when he called Biden’s “whack-a-mole” rebuttals/excuses/alibis to these ongoing discoveries --- the infamous “Corvette defense” included --- “more and more preposterous.” And for Biden to say he had no regrets was just arrogance, he said.  Biden has to know that taking those documents was gravely wrong, plus (and most importantly for his party) it’s interfering with the goal of prosecuting Trump. You know he cares about that.

It should be noted that advisers such as “crisis PR adviser” Anita Dunn, who is married to Biden’s personal attorney Bob Bauer, no doubt came up with or at least reviewed those responses. During the unfortunate “no regrets” remarks, he was reading off a piece of paper in a notebook, and the effect was just as lame as when Karine Jean-Pierre does that. He appeared to be just looking at the paper without even engaging his brain, which would be par for the course for him.

The narrative that Biden was being “cooperative” likely came straight from Dunn. Andrew C. McCarthy, writing in NATIONAL REVIEW, explains why that’s a crock. “The truth of the matter,” he says, “is that, like most criminal suspects as to whom there is already strong evidence of felony offenses, Biden consented to a search knowing that, if he did not, newly-appointed special counsel Robert Hur would apply for a judicial warrant from a federal judge.” That might lead to a chain of legal disasters. Better to play the “dedicated public servant” who has nothing to hide. He’s just doing what’s in his best legal interests.

So don’t fall for it, he says.

I still can’t get over Biden’s treatment of Carter nominee for CIA director Ted Sorenson during his early days in the Senate. He ambushed Sorenson during his confirmation hearing, savaged him for taking classified documents home and insinuated that he (Sorenson) could be criminally prosecuted for that. We know now that Biden did it himself when he was a senator. This blast from Biden’s past shows his blatant hypocrisy, and also that he had to know what he did was wrong. In case you missed the story…

Former deputy Assistant Attorney General John Yoo, in an interview on FOX NEWS, said Hillary went far beyond either Trump or Biden and that Congress should look at the handling of all three cases. “Let’s get the facts and then the Justice Department will have to be sure that they’re treating all the cases fairly,” he said. But I’m not so sure it’s as simple as ‘compare and contrast,’ when this ‘Justice’ Department doesn’t even seem to care about the perception of fairness.

Judicial Watch is still trying to get to Biden’s U.S. Senate papers being held by the University of Delaware. They’ve filed an appeal brief, also on behalf of the DAILY CALLER NEWS FOUNDATION, with the Delaware Supreme Court asking for limited discovery to depose a University representative about this issue. A lower court blocked their access to records about the papers.

Finally, Miranda Devine at the NEW YORK POST has a good overview of the classified records scandal up to this point. She speculates that administrative aide Kathy Chung was named publicly so the Biden administration can “throw her under the bus” (we need a new, less clichéd expression for this) to deflect scrutiny from the President. Devine also describes a striking email sent by Hunter to then-partner Devon Archer a week before VP Biden went to Ukraine to meet with the then-prime minister. Hunter refers to “my guy’s upcoming travels.” This email is highly detailed, not at all the sort of thing Hunter usually wrote, and has “the distinct flavor of an official briefing, perhaps even a classified one.”

It also instructs Archer to buy a ‘burner phone,’ presumably to keep their conversations private. “Buy a cell phone from a 7/11 or CVS tmrw and ill do the same.”

There’s no hiding Biden’s fright over classified document scandal

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  • jack G macdonald

    01/31/2023 12:02 PM

    Food for thought. I am inquisitive about BLM'S position on Planned Parenthood. (that's an oxymoron for you, since eliminating babies keeps you from parenting). They claim black lives matter at the same time that Planned Parenthood is eliminating Black births by the thousands. Planned Parenthood is implementing the Eugenics espoused by Sanger. Blacks get worked up over slavery, lynchings, the KKK and oppression that happened over 150 years in the past. Planned Parenthood has done thousands of times more harm than all the Slave owners and the KKK thought about. In addition the policies of the Progressives/Socialists/Communists they vote for punish them every day in every way, yet they continue to vote for them. That is the definition of insanity.

  • Mark Hannah

    01/30/2023 09:57 PM

    The founding fathers intended that the powers of the federal government be split among the three branches such that Congress makes the laws, the President executes the laws, and the Supreme Court judges whether the laws abide by the constraints of the Constitution. These 3 branches form checks and balances upon each other. All of the federal agencies have been created to assist the President in executing the laws created by Congress. Those agencies cannot possibly have the powers to assist in the creation of laws, judge the Constitutionality of those laws, and execute the laws, because they are undermining the fundamental, founding principle of Separation of Powers. Therefore, all federal agencies need to be dismantled and only reconstituted with strict controls that prohibit their involvement in the creation or adjudication of any laws, rules, or regulations.

  • Christine Hankins

    01/30/2023 12:20 AM

    Mr. Dershowitz may be among the hordes of people who remember how common suicide and fatal accidents have been among those who dared to defy or act against Hillary.

  • Ross Beans

    01/29/2023 08:26 PM

    Why are there so many question marks interspersed in your emails?

  • Judy Radley

    01/29/2023 07:29 PM

    Why do you think the Democrats love to find ways to violate well established laws that have worked well for centuries for American civilization? Since 1776 America has never allowed to be ruled by socialists from Europe and now the Democrats have totally destroyed the great legacy that the United States of America stands for and even the Supreme Court of the United States has been ruined by all the Democrats anti-American rhetoric and corruption. Yes a great ‘reset’ needs to happen but NOT by the current hatred for America that the Democrats have been spewing for decades. Maybe it is happening little by little but is moving forward by the younger generation that were and still are fed up with govt. overreach and abuse of power that was very obvious because of the Wuhan virus attack that the corrupt govt. in control today, overplayed their hand and the working class of the 30 and 40 yr. olds have had enough with the high prices from Biden’s inflation and are not going to be fooled again. The younger working class legal citizens of America aren’t as stupid as the Dems think they are . We can only hope that 2024 will prove that.

  • Nancy Kjorlien

    01/29/2023 07:14 PM

    Once again I will say...we need Reagan (or the likes of) in office. I went to his inauguration and it would be a real joy to attend another GREAT inauguration. I pray for this county, for you, and for President Trump to tone down his delivery and lead this country back to where it belongs.

  • Dawn Street

    01/27/2023 01:34 PM

    Wow, a multi-tiered judicial system!! Hillary "at this point what difference does it make" Clinton re: serving up a US Ambassador to be skewered, raped and served up very dead along with brave protectors in Benghazi and then compounding those crimes with the email mess. Dang, she even took hammers to her cell phones in a final act of desperation. And used an unsecure internet service in her bathroom!

    Donald Trump had secured declassified documents in a safe room, locked, secured and guarded. No crime noted. Secret Service had certified the files secured and declassified. But the criminal FBI burst in, broke the locks and even rummaged around in the First Lady's underwear drawer?

    Then we learn that Joe Biden took classified documents out when he was a Senator. Who got copies of those? And as a Vice President! Those were found scattered about his different residences and one batch in a garage where he kept his Corvette! A garage Hunter Biden had access to and so did his "girlfriends" including one China doll? Then there is that office that I suppose he shared with Hunter and the CCP. Wonder how many copies of all of these documents are out there in cyber space?

    And finally and least of all, Mike Pence has a secret cache as well. He doesn't know how they got there but there they be!! Never have trusted this one. Never understood why he was Trump's running mate to start with.

    Is that an accurate understatement and general synopsis of these issues?