First, let’s ignore that Devin Nunes just said he actually never read the FISA warrant and then wrote a memo on it. Both Republicans and Democrats are saying by disclosing classified information, Trump had “sent his friend Putin a bouquet,” House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said, referring to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Former FBI Director James Comey, whom Trump fired last year, said the memo doesn’t add up to much.
“That’s it?” he said on Twitter.
Comey called the memo “dishonest and misleading” and not worth the damage it’s done to public trust in U.S. intelligence agencies.
U.S. Rep. Devin Nunes of California, the chairman of the House committee, said he hoped the release “will shine a light on this alarming series of events” and spur “reforms that allow the American people to have full faith and confidence in their governing institutions.”
Democrats on the House Judiciary committee also said House Republicans are “accomplices” to obstruction of justice.
Rep. Adam B. Schiff of California, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, tweeted his thoughts on Friday: “The country’s top elected leader has agreed to selectively and misleadingly release classified info to attack the FBI — that’s what would have been unthinkable a short time ago.”
Earlier this week, the FBI said it had “grave” concerns about the memo and that it included inaccurate and misleading information.
The memo claims a group that includes former FBI Director James B. Comey, his former deputy Andrew McCabe, former deputy attorney general Sally Yates and current Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein approved court surveillance requests that left out key facts about why a former intelligence officer from Britain supplied the information, the Washington Post reported.
The memo says the former agent, Christopher Steele, “was suspended and then terminated as an FBI source for what the FBI defines as the most serious of violations — an unauthorized disclosure to the media of his relationship with the FBI,” the Post reported.
Thomas O’Connor, president of the FBI Agents Association, staunchly defending the federal law enforcement arm in a statement released Friday: “the men and women of the FBI put their lives on the line every day in the fight against terrorists and criminals because of their dedication to our country and the Constitution. The American people should know that they continue to be well-served by the world’s preeminent law enforcement agency. FBI Special Agents have not, and will not, allow partisan politics to distract us from our solemn commitment to our mission.”
Credit: Information compiled from WaPo, Reuters and AP.
Billy Graham Hated Jews, Called Them Satanists
Billy Graham known for his anti-Semitic rants, but a strong supporter of Israel, has died.
Graham, 99, died at his home in Montreat, North Carolina, media reported. He was a counselor to Democratic and Republican presidents and, with his massive arena appearances, was a precursor of the Protestant televangelism that helped reshape the American religious and political landscapes. His son, Franklin, is one of President Donald Trump’s highest-profile religious supporters.
“A lot of Jews are great friends of mine,” Graham told Nixon in 1972. “They swarm around me and are friendly to me. Because they know that I am friendly to Israel and so forth. But they don’t know how I really feel about what they’re doing to this country, and I have no power and no way to handle them.”
Startling, too, is the information that continues to come out about the Rev. Billy Graham’s anti-Semitism, showing how he raised the subject of Jews with Nixon and commiserated with him about the ‘synagogue of Satan’ and Jews who promote pornography and obscenity. While never expressing these views in public, Rev. Graham unabashedly held forth with the president with age-old classical anti-Semitic canards.
The then-54-year-old evangelist referred to reports in newspapers detailing how Israeli leaders were “talking about expelling all Christians from Israel” and how Jewish leaders in America were “damning” Campus Crusade for Christ and other religious groups who were taking part in “KEY ’73,” a landmark, nationwide evangelistic effort that brought together 130 denominations, church bodies, and para-ecclesiastical groups.
Graham also said that the Jewish “stranglehold” on the media “has got to be broken or this country’s going down the drain.”
Later in the conversation, Graham talks about the “synagogue of Satan,” and how the Jews belong to it.
Kentucky District Goes Blue by 38% Margin
Democrat Linda Belcher has edged out her Republican challenger, Rebecca Johnson, in today’s race to represent Kentucky’s House district 49, flipping the Republican seat to Democratic control by a 38 percent margin. The seat was formerly vacated by Republican Dan Johnson, who committed suicide.
The Republican loss is all the more impressive considering Trump won the 49th district by a staggering 49 points during the 2016 presidential election, 72 percent to 23 percent. In total, Democrats have swung the district by an incredible 87 percent margin.
Tonight’s victory is only the latest in a wave of stunning Democratic success stories around the country. Thus far, Democrats have unseated Republicans in a vast number of what were thought to be unwinnable races. Aside from flipping New Jersey’s and winning Virginia’s gubernatorial races, Democrats also earned a historic victory electing Doug Jones to the Alabama Senate, the first time that a Democrat has won in that state in a quarter century.
Democrats have also picked up a slew of seats in other races around the country.
Since the beginning of 2017, Democrats have flipped 17 seats in special elections. Republicans have only flipped three. In total, Democrats have flipped 37 seats from red to blue since Trump’s inauguration. Even in solidly red districts, such as those in Oklahoma, South Carolina, Kansas, Alabama, Tennessee, Missouri, Florida, and now, Kentucky, Democrats are overperforming Trump’s numbers by double digits.
John Kelly Wants to Fire Dan Scavino for Failing Security Clearance
Dan Scavino, the White House Director of Social Media has not passed security clearance,because according to a source within the FBI, he is in severe debt, owing money to questionable sources that make him a target for blackmail and could betray the United States. John Kelly has asked that since Scavino has failed the security clearance that he should be immediately fired.
Scavino, who was Trump’s former caddy at one point, went bankrupt in 2015 and according to my source, has taken loans from his parents and other sources, including possible loan sharks that are in the hundreds of thousands, and possible over $1 million.
Debt always has been a major concern for the governent and the reason is obvious: Anyone delinquent in paying their bills could be desperate enough to take a bribe or kickback in exchange for passing along classified secrets.
Excessive indebtedness increases the temptation to commit unethical or illegal acts in order to obtain funds to pay off the debts. Most Americans who betrayed their country did it for financial gain—about half were motivated by a real or perceived urgent need for money and about half by personal greed.
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