“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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02/06/2023 02:58 PM
Did they bring up the "Classified Document" issue to get our minds off SBF and his dealings or also get our minds off the Ukraine War Debacles???
02/06/2023 12:22 PM
Far be it for me to appear unctuous ... and I know, as the old saying goes, "If wishes were horses, beggars would ride" ... but OH ... how I wish Mike Huckabee could be President ... and ride the USA off to VICTORY. The mind boggles at the supremacy of idiocy going on in the broken down political system of our beloved America! I had ancestors who came over on the Mayflower who might be rolling over in their graves ... (not to mention my parents, now in Heaven ... my dad was a B/Gen. in the USAF! My older brother a marine and one of the GOOD GUYS in the FBI ... passed away from Agent Orange.) TRULY ... our only recourse in this troubling season is to turn with all our hearts to ALMIGHTY GOD ... to Jesus Christ, the Savior ... and humbly ask Father/Son/Holy Spirit to have mercy on America!!!!! AMEN!!!
02/06/2023 08:51 AM
You have laid it out very well; however, what exactly are "our" guys doing about it? Writing books and blogs is not going to deter future "presidents" and their super leftist regimes. Why are we who love America not actually charging the so obviously guilty?
02/05/2023 10:35 PM
Our country is an embarrassment. Other countries are laughing at us and taking advantage of us by seeing how far they can push us. That’s scary. We’re losing the greatest Nation!
02/05/2023 10:11 PM
Hard to read with all of the??????????. Why do this??
Janice M. Keough
02/05/2023 09:54 PM
I laughed (& cried) at your astute portrayal of Biden & Gang's mishandling of this country's hard-won republic. But, mostly, let me thank you for this one comment, '...And for Biden to say he had no regrets was just arrogance.' This personal failing is the crux of this whole mess... an ugly human failing of arrogance. - Thanks for your good writings. Jan Keough
02/05/2023 08:51 PM
It all ties to the msg the PRC sebt Biden by the weather balloon: @ cooperate in upcoming talks or we dump the goods on you, detestable worm!” And Biden jumped to cooperate.
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.
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.
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.