FBI/THE MEMO: Hanson – Scandal but so what?; York – Flynn didn’t lie; Cohen – Rice’s email;
HEALTH CARE: Hannity – Josh Umber sites.
LEADS: Kranz – The Chinese threat; Dinan – DACA restored.
PA: Kamisar – Dems fight for votes; WTAE – Gerrymandering.
RECOMMENDED: Mark Levin 02-13-18; Eastwood 15:17 to Paris; Churchill show times.
FBI /THE MEMO:
Victor Davis Hanson, NRO: “Scandal, Corruption, Lawbreaking — And So What?”
“The FISA-gate, Clinton emails, and Uranium One scandals are sort of reaching a consensus. Many things quite wrong and illegal were done by both Hillary Clinton and her entourage and members of the Obama agencies and administration — both the acts themselves and the cover-ups and omissions that ensued.
“Remember, in the FISA-gate scandal such likely widespread criminal behavior was predicated on two premises: 1) certainty of an easy Clinton victory, after which the miscreants would be not only excused but probably rewarded for their zeal; 2) progressive hubris in which our supposedly moral betters felt it their right, indeed their duty, to use unethical and even unlawful means for the “greater good” — to achieve their self-described moral ends of stopping the crude and reactionary Trump.
“The wrongdoing probably includes attempting to warp a U.S. election, Russian collusion, repeatedly misleading and lying before the FISA courts, improperly surveilling American citizens, unmasking the names of citizens swept up in unlawful surveillance and then illegally leaking them to the press, disseminating and authenticating opposition smears during a political campaign, lying under oath to Congress, obstructing ongoing investigations, using federal funds to purchase ad hominem gossip against a presidential candidate, blatant conflicts of interests, weaponizing federal investigations, trafficking in and leaking classified information . . . The list goes on and on.
“The State Department is now involved. Apparently anyone who was a former Clinton smear artist can pass fantasies to a sympathetic or known political appointee at State. And if the “dossier” fits the proper narrative and shared agenda, it gains credence enough to ensure that it is passed up to senior State officials and on to the FBI. Perhaps a private citizen with a grudge against a rival should try that as well.
“These scandals will grow even greater before various congressional investigations expire.. . .”
Byron York, Washington Examiner: “Byron York: Comey told Congress FBI agents didn’t think Michael Flynn lied”
“. . . There were widespread reports that Flynn had lied to Vice President Mike Pence about telephone conversations that he, Flynn, had with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the transition in late December 2016. On Jan. 24, 2017, two of Comey’s FBI agents went to the White House to question Flynn, and there was a lot of speculation later that Flynn lied in that interview, which would be a serious crime.
“The Jan. 24 interview potentially puts Flynn in legal jeopardy,” the Washington Post reportedin February. “Lying to the FBI is a felony offense.”
“There was also a lot of concern in Congress, at least among Republicans, about the leak of the wiretapped Flynn-Kislyak conversation. Such intelligence is classified at the highest level of secrecy, yet someone — Republicans suspected Obama appointees in the Justice Department and intelligence community — revealed it to the press.
“So in March, lawmakers wanted Comey to tell them what was up. And what they heard from the director did not match what they were hearing in the media . . .”
Kelly Cohen, Washington Examiner: “Senate Republicans examining the curious email Susan Rice sent to herself”
“Sens. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., are calling on former national security adviser Susan Rice to explain an email she wrote to herself on the day of Donald Trump’s inauguration that insisted Obama wanted to make sure the probe into Russia’s election meddling was done ‘by the book.’
“On Jan. 20, 2017 — moments before Trump took the oath of office to become president — Rice emailed herself about a briefing that took place that month with the intelligence community about Russian hacking during the 2016 presidential election.
“Then-President Barack Obama had a meeting on Jan. 5, 2017 with then-FBI Director James Comey and then-Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates. Rice and then-Vice President Joe Biden were also present at the Oval Office meeting.
“At the end of her email describing the meeting, Rice wrote that from a national security perspective, Obama ‘said he wants to be sure that, as we engage with the incoming team, we are mindful to ascertain if there is any reason that we cannot share information fully as it relates to Russia.’
“The email, Grassley and Graham say, is ‘unusual’ and want answers on a variety of questions. . .”
Andrew McCarthy, NRO: “The Curious Michael Flynn Guilty Plea”
“. . . Here’s how I recounted what actually happened in the December column: Strzok did not decide on his own to interview Flynn. We know the matter was being monitored at the highest level of the Justice Department, by then–acting attorney general Sally Yates and then–FBI director James Comey. Strzok and a colleague were assigned to interview Flynn. More importantly, Strzok apparently reported that he believed Flynn had been truthful. Shortly after the interview occurred, it was reported that the FBI had decided no action would be taken against Flynn. On March 2, Comey testified to a closed session of the House Intelligence Committee that, while Flynn may have had some honest failures of recollection during the interview, the agents who questioned him concluded that he did not lie. Far from setting Flynn up, it seems that Strzok would exculpate him. Flynn was prosecuted not because Strzok is an anti-Trump zealot, but apparently because Strzok’s finding that Flynn was truthful was negated by Mueller’s very aggressive prosecutors. Did they decide they knew better than the experienced investigators who were in the room observing Flynn’s demeanor as he answered their questions? Of course, the point is moot now because Flynn has admitted his guilt. Still, I wonder whether Mueller’s team informed Flynn and his counsel, prior to Flynn’s guilty plea to lying to the FBI, that the interviewing agents believed he had not lied to the FBI.
“I still wonder what Mueller’s team told Flynn before the guilty plea. There are good reasons to do so.
“Flynn’s case is back in the news thanks to Byron York’s important Washington Examiner report yesterday. He retraces the history: Because Flynn was a Trump transition official and incoming national-security adviser, there was nothing at all inappropriate about his discussing Obama-imposed sanctions against Russia with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Nevertheless, then–acting attorney general and Obama partisan Sally Yates seriously considered prosecuting Flynn under the absurd, never-invoked Logan Act. This misconception that Flynn had done something wrong led Yates and Comey to have Flynn interviewed as if he were a criminal suspect. Apparently unconcerned, Flynn agreed to be interviewed without counsel. Strzok came away from the session believing that Flynn had told the truth. Comey, Byron York reports, ‘told lawmakers that the FBI agents who interviewed Flynn did not believe that Flynn had lied to them, or that any inaccuracies in his answers were intentional.’ Yet, ten months later, with Yates, Comey, and Strzok now out of the picture, Mueller decided to charge Flynn with lying to the FBI anyway. . .”
Hannity: Josh Umber Sites
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“The map below contains a listing of public addresses and website links to 607 DPC practice locations in 47 states + DC (we still have not located any DPC practices in North Dakota, South Dakota, or Iowa,). Website readers should note that these practices met our three part definition of DPC, although they may not always self-describe as DPC. Both “Pure” DPC practices and DPC hybrids are included in the mapper, and they are now color coded! I’m happy to report that over 70% of the practices in the mapper are known to be pure.
Michael Kranz, Business Insider: “The director of the FBI says the whole of Chinese society is a threat to the US — and Americans must step up as a society to defend themselves”
“FBI director Christopher Wray issued a dire warning against China’s growing influence during a Senate intelligence hearing on Tuesday.
“He cited the variety of ways that China is implementing its plan to replace the US as the foremost global power, including infiltrating American academia.
“China’s Confucius Institutes are ostensibly language learning centers, but often serve as vehicles for Chinese propaganda at universities around the world, including the US.
“Intelligence experts also cited Chinese cybersecurity threats as a major concern in 2018.. . .”
Stephen Dinan, Washington Times: “Court orders restoration of DACA program”
“Judge uses Trump’s Twitter post to undercut DHS phaseout
“. . . A federal judge in New York ruled Tuesday that the government must restart the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals deportation amnesty, adding more weight to the legal case against President Trump’s phaseout of the program just as Congress is debating the fate of “Dreamers” on Capitol Hill.
“Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis said the administration does have the power to revoke DACA, but it must give a sound reason for doing so — and the Homeland Security Department’s September 2017 rationale fell far short of what is required in that regard.
“He even used Mr. Trump’s own tweets as evidence that the DACA program was ended precipitously, pointing to President Trump’s claims that he could “revisit this issue” as proof the program could have been continued.
“Judge Garaufis is the second federal judge to rule Mr. Trump’s aides bungled the phaseout, following a case in a federal court in California. . .”
WTAE: “Gov. Tom Wolf rejects Republicans’ proposal for new Pennsylvania congressional map, saying it’s gerrymandered like the old one was”
“. . . Wolf’s announcement came late Tuesday morning, six days before the state Supreme Court’s deadline to draw new boundaries for the state’s 18 congressional districts.
“As non-partisan analysts have already said, their map maintains a similar partisan advantage by employing many of the same unconstitutional tactics present in their 2011 map,” Wolf said in a statement. “The analysis by my team shows that, like the 2011 map, the map submitted to my office by Republican leaders is still a gerrymander. Their map clearly seeks to benefit one political party, which is the essence of why the court found the current map to be unconstitutional.”
Ben Kamisar, The Hill: “Dems vie to win back blue-collar voters in pivotal Pa. race”
“Pennsylvania’s pivotal House special election will give Democrats an early chance to see if they can win back the white, blue-collar voters who have drifted away from the party.
“President Trump carried the Pittsburgh-area 18th District by 20 percentage points in 2016, suggesting a tough fight for Democrats. But now Democrat Conor Lamb has an outside chance at winning the seat, thanks to growing energy on the left and a lack of GOP enthusiasm for Republican state Rep. Rick Saccone. . .”
Mark Levin, 2-13-18
“On Tuesday’s Mark Levin Show, Susan Rice’s email about the Russian probe on President Trump’s inauguration day further exposed Barack Obama’s involvement in the FISA abuse against the Trump campaign. Rice wrote multiple times that the investigation was being done by the book; you don’t keep writing that unless you’re not doing something by the book. The biggest part of Rice’s email was the revelation that Obama asked Jim Comey to inform him if anything changed that should affect how they shared classified information with the incoming Trump administration.
“This is the marquee part of the email because the incoming team was under investigation because of supposed ties to Russia because of the Steele dossier. This is damning because it further proves that Obama knew exactly what was going on. There was a massive cover-up by the resistance to protect not only Hillary Clinton but also Obama, and he was the maestro behind it and knew what was taking place.
“Also, there is a movement going on in Israel led by the radical left to have Benjamin Netanyahu removed as Prime Minister. Even after Israel’s recent event with Iran and a war brewing, the deep state in Israel is focused on taking out one of the greatest leaders Israel has ever had. Just as the media in America are in a silent coup against President Trump, the Israeli media is doing the same to Netanyahu.
“Later, Mark speaks with author and journalist David Brody about his book, The Faith of Donald J. Trump: A Spiritual Biography.”
North Korean Eggs/God: James Brody
Respected evolutionist Matt Ridley argues that the most important contract between a man and woman is “food for sex.” If so, the beauty of the North’s cheering squad, daughters of affluent North Korean families, is an advertisement that eggs are for sale. Enjoy looking at these sugarbabies and if you have lots of cash, shop carefully!
Meanwhile, this is also the first day of Lent . . .
“Lent (Latin: Quadragesima: Fortieth) is a solemn religious observance in the Christian liturgical calendar that begins on Ash Wednesday and ends approximately six weeks later, before Easter Sunday. The purpose of Lent is the preparation of the believer for Easter through prayer, doing penance, mortifying the flesh, repentance of sins, almsgiving, and self-denial. This event is observed in the Anglican, Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, Lutheran, Methodist, and Catholic Churches . . .”
Ridley M (1993) The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature. NY:Penguin.
Eastwood: Roger Friedman, REVIEW Clint Eastwood’s “15:17 to Paris” Is An Eclectic Mix of Patriotic, Christian, and Cutting Edge — And Will Resonate in the Heartland”
“. . . You know, I’m Jewish and liberal, so “patriotic” and “Christian” aren’t two of the things I warm to in movies necessarily. But Eastwood’s take on these real life heroes is not simplistic. The real life people playing themselves as heroes on the train from Amsterdam to Paris– I was braced for a bad movie. And I will say, it starts slowly and it’s totally not what you expect. Nevertheless, if you’re patient with it, you quickly realize several things.
“First of, the real guys are not bad. I’ve seen worse. Compared to Louis CK’s unreleased “I Love You, Daddy,” the acting and writing here is Shakespearean.
“Second, Eastwood– as he did in ‘American Sniper’ and ‘Sully’– lays out their stories and backgrounds objectively. I’m already seeing in some reviews some idea that Eastwood is pushing a religious agenda or whatever. Nonsense. He’s accurately depicting these people. The mothers of the guys are religious– this is what they believe, it’s their right. No one is mocking them or judging them. This is who they are. And kudos to Jenna Fischer and Judy Greer for finding the mothers’ dimensions.
“If there’s a problem with “15:17” it’s that it’s almost filmed like cinema verite, certainly as the story unfolds. There’s a lot of exposition and it seems slow. Again, a little patience wouldn’t hurt anyone. Because when the kids’ backstories switch to the main guys, Eastwood finds a groove. Forgive him if the entry seems clunky. . .”
Churchill film: “The Darkest Hour.”
Regal show times at https://www.regmovies.com/movies/darkest-hour/B00472806”867