Thursday, April 19, 2018

GOP reps refer Comey, Clinton, McCabe for criminal investigation

Nearly a dozen Republican members of Congress on Wednesday sent a criminal referral to the Justice Department and FBI seeking an investigation of former bureau boss James Comey, his deputy Andrew McCabe, ex-Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Hillary Clinton in connection with 2016 campaign controversies.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions already announced last month he had assigned a federal prosecutor to review some of those broader issues, while resisting calls for a second special counsel. But the referral represents an escalation of Republican pressure to probe top Democrats and Trump critics.
Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., and 10 other House lawmakers want an investigation into potential violations that cover everything from the handling of the Clinton email probe to the anti-Trump dossier’s funding to the Uranium One controversy. They made their case in a letter sent Wednesday to Sessions, FBI Director Christopher Wray, and U.S. Attorney John Huber, whom Sessions named to lead the previously announced evaluation.

Complaining about “dissimilar degrees of zealousness” in the investigations into Clinton and Trump campaign associates, they wrote:

“Because we believe that those in positions of high authority should be treated the same as every other American, we want to be sure that the potential violations of law outlined below are vetted appropriately.”

They named Comey, Clinton, Lynch, McCabe, FBI agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page and several others as figures who should be investigated.

The Comey section focused in part on a statement Comey drafted before interviewing Clinton as part of the email probe. Republicans have long called it an exoneration statement that effectively cleared her months before the case was over. 

The GOP letter suggested this presents a conflict with Comey’s September 2016 congressional testimony in which he said they made the decision not to recommend criminal charges after interviewing Clinton.

“They made this determination months before,” DeSantis, who is running for Florida governor, told “Fox & Friends.” “The lack of candor with the Congress is something that needs to be investigated.”

Comey brushed off the claims during an interview Wednesday on ABC’s “The View.”

Asked about the letter, Comey said "the accusations are not true," but added that he has confidence in the inspector general, which is already reviewing the handling of the email probe.

"Let's let the institution do its work," he said.

Comey also defended the early draft statement on the conclusion of the Clinton case in his newly released book.

“Any investigator or prosecutor who doesn’t have a sense, after nearly a year of investigation, where their case is likely headed, is incompetent. Prosecutors routinely begin drafting indictments before an investigation is finished if it looks likely to end up there, and competent ones also begin thinking how to end investigations that seem likely to end without charges,” Comey explained in "A Higher Loyalty."

The GOP lawmakers also cited Comey’s decision to write and share memos detailing conversations with Trump. 

The potential violations they cited included perjury and unauthorized removal of classified documents – though Comey has maintained the memos did not contain classified material.

As for Clinton, the GOP lawmakers cited a single concern – that a lawyer representing her 2016 campaign paid the firm behind the research that led to the controversial anti-Trump dossier. The letter argued that they disguised the payments by not properly disclosing them to the Federal Election Commission.
A Clinton spokesman slammed the referral as “pathetic” and politically motivated.

“House Republicans have seen the numbers and are running scared as we head into midterm season. They should focus on working for the people they are asking to reelect them, not do Trump’s bidding. It’s pathetic,” Nick Merrill said. 

The referral's Lynch section cited an alleged threat of “reprisal” against an informant in the Uranium One case, which dealt with the controversial Obama administration deal that gave Russia partial control over the U.S. uranium supply. 

The lawmakers also hit McCabe over the same issues raised in a recent DOJ inspector general report that found he leaked to the media and later lied about it. The former FBI deputy director was fired last month by Sessions just days before he would have been eligible for a lifetime pension after it was determined that he misled investigators.

The section on Strzok and Page focused on their “interference in the Hillary Clinton investigation.” The two FBI officials, who worked on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team for a short period and were romantically involved, frequently shared anti-Trump text messages.

Lastly, the lawmakers asked that Sessions investigate personnel connected to the “compilation of documents on alleged links between Russia and then-presidential candidate Donald Trump known as the 'Steele dossier.'" 

The letter cites those individuals as McCabe, Comey, former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates and FBI General Counsel Dana Boente, among others. 
The dossier was presented to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) to obtain a warrant to conduct surveillance on Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

Comey signed three FISA applications for Page, while McCabe and current Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein (who oversees the Russia probe), Yates and Boente each signed at least one. 

In a footnote to the letter, the lawmakers wrote that “due to the possible involvement of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in signing an application for continued surveillance on Carter Page, Rosenstein should be recused from any examination of FISA abuse.” 

It's Official: DOJ Inspector General Refers Lyin' McCabe To Federal Prosecutor For Possible Criminal Charges

By Matt Vespa | Townhall

Katie’s touched upon the GOP letter officially referring former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, former FBI Director James Comey, and Hillary Clinton for a criminal investigation. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI Director Chris Wray officially received the letter yesterday:

Eleven House Republicans have sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI Director Christopher Wray officially referring Hillary Clinton, fired FBI Director James Comey, fired Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch for criminal investigation.

FBI agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, who were caught sending hundreds of anti-Trump text messages during the Clinton investigation, have also been referred for criminal investigation. 

U.S. Attorney John Huber, who was tapped by Sessions a few weeks ago to investigate the FBI's handling of the Clinton email probe, was copied on the request.

Now, the nonpartisan, Obama-appointed Department of Justice Inspector General has sent his report to a federal prosecutor to see if Mr. McCabe should be charged with a crime.

McCabe was torched in the IG report, where he was cited for lying under oath three times and misleading investigators concerning an unauthorized media disclosure to The Wall Street Journal over the Clinton Foundation (via WaPo):

The Justice Department inspector general referred its finding that former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe repeatedly misled investigators who were examining a media disclosure to the top federal prosecutor in D.C. to determine whether McCabe should be charged with a crime, according to people familiar with the matter.

The referral to the D.C. U.S. Attorney’s Office occurred some time ago, after the inspector general concluded McCabe had lied to investigators or his own boss, then-FBI Director James B. Comey, on four occasions, three of them under oath.

It was not immediately clear how the D.C. U.S. Attorney’s Office responded to the referral, or whether prosecutors there are conducting their own investigation or believe criminal charges are appropriate. 

A referral to federal prosecutors does not necessarily mean McCabe will be charged with a crime.

The Justice Department, the D.C. U.S. Attorney’s Office and a spokeswoman for McCabe declined to comment Thursday.

Last week, Inspector General Michael Horowitz sent to Congress a report blasting McCabe. 

It says he inappropriately authorized the disclosure of sensitive information to the media, then lied repeatedly to investigators examining the matter. The report — which quickly became public, though it was not released by the inspector general — laid out in stunning detail allegations McCabe had deceived investigators about his role in approving the disclosure, even as he lashed out at others in the FBI for leaks.

McCabe, though, disputes many of the report’s findings and has said he never meant to mislead anyone.

Lying to federal investigators is a crime punishable by up to five years in prison, and some legal analysts speculated in the wake of the report that the inspector general seemed to be laying out a case for accusing McCabe of such conduct. The report alleged that one of McCabe’s lies “was done knowingly and intentionally” — which is a key aspect of the federal crime.

The FBI and DOJ were reportedly at odds over this probe and the report reconfirmed that the bureau was investigating the nonprofit for possible felonious activity following a flurry of stories that seemed to show the foundation as being a bed of unethical behavior; a bank for favors to sum it up for those who gave very large amounts of money. 

Devlin Barrett wrote the article that detailed the tension in October of 2016, which set off a mole hunt within the bureau, even though McCabe ordered it.

McCabe was fired in March, hours away from collecting his multi-million dollar pension.

In the past couple of days, McCabe, Comey, and Lynch have thrown each other under the bus. 

The Comey-McCabe flare up is especially popcorn-worthy since Comey had tweeted support for McCabe, adding he was a man who served with distinction at the FBI. Also, he issued an internal review of him while he was still FBI director due to the WSJ leak. 

I mean one could argue that we’re really getting into James Jesus Angleton territory here, the top CIA counter-intelligence agent who said that deception is the state of the mind and the mind of the state.

Whatever the reason, Comey launched the internal probe that destroyed McCabe’s career (via Daily Beast):

James Comey appears to have inadvertently played a role in his deputy Andrew McCabe’s expulsion from the FBI.

According to a source familiar with the investigation that led to McCabe’s firing, Comey—then FBI director—asked the bureau’s internal Inspection Division to look into an Oct. 30, 2016, Wall Street Journal story that included leaks from inside the bureau. T

he Inspection Division took on the case and started trying to determine who was responsible for the leak. When they realized McCabe, the bureau’s deputy director, was a likely culprit, they handed off the investigation to the Justice Department’s inspector general, according to an IG report released late last week.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions cited that detailed IG report when he announced McCabe had been fired barely before he was eligible for his retirement.


The story that followed left Comey deeply upset because it highlighted extraordinary tensions between senior leadership at the bureau and a top official at Justice Department headquarters, according to the IG report.
Comey raised concerns about the article in a staff meeting the next day.


McCabe and Comey later discussed the piece in person. The two men gave the inspector general vastly different characterizations of that conversation. In McCabe’s version, McCabe told Comey that he authorized the two FBI officials to share details of the conversation about the Clinton Foundation investigation with the Journal. Comey “did not react negatively, just kind of accepted it,” according to McCabe.

In Comey’s version, however, McCabe never told him he authorized the leaks to the Journal. Comey was “very concerned” about the story and thought it would be toxic for the FBI’s relationship with Justice Department headquarters. And according to Comey, McCabe said he had nothing to do with it.
“I have a strong impression he conveyed to me, ‘it wasn’t me, boss,’” Comey told the inspector general.

Well, at least McCabe has a rather sizable defense fund. 


UPDATE: McCabe’s lawyer calls referral by nonpartisan Obama-appointed IG “unjustified.” He doesn’t expect charges to be filed against the former FBI deputy director: (via AP):

A lawyer for fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe says a criminal referral to prosecutors about his client is “unjustified.”

Attorney Michael Bromwich confirmed the referral to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington in a statement Thursday.

It comes amid an inspector general report that concluded that McCabe misled investigators about his role in a news media disclosure.

The referral doesn’t mean he will be charged, but it does mean he could face a criminal investigation.

In his statement, Bromwich says the standard for an inspector general referral “is very low.”

He says he’s already met with representatives from the U.S. Attorney’s office and is confident that, “unless there is inappropriate pressure from high levels of the Administration, the US Attorney’s Office will conclude that it should decline to prosecute.”

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Black comedian demands complimentary Starbucks coffee as ‘reparations’

'This is justice': Black comedian demands complimentary Starbucks coffee as ‘reparations’ following racist boycott row - and the barista happily obliges
Starbucks is racist - Gimme free coffee @vibehi
  •          Bryan Sharpe, a comedian and author who goes by ' Hotep Jesus ' on social media, posted the video of him walking in a coffee shop and asking for the cup 
  •          'I heard y'all are racist, so I came to get my free coffee,' Sharpe is heard saying after greeting the employee, named Amanda
  •          Amanda quickly obliges Sharpe and even offers him milk and flavors 
  •          At one point Sharpe states that 'Black Lives Matter' and Amanda replies that they do
  •          The two have a light conversation and Amanda informs Sharpe that it is her last day before returning to school for finals
  •          'I wish you the best,' Sharpe says before walking out of the store 


Editor’s Note: StarBUCKS virtue signals the rest of us about “tolerance” and rams their liberal agenda down our throats, while peddling over-priced coffee and other high-end products. 

Progressive Democrats  train blacks to be victims and yell "racism" at the drop of a hat. Now the race mongers running Starbucks are getting a taste of their own bitter coffee. See the below article.


Protesters march to various Starbucks cafes in Philadelphia following controversial arrests

Protesters in Pennsylvania marched to various Starbucks locations in Philadelphia's Center City on Monday to continue protesting the controversial arrests of two black men at one of the chain's locations last week.

Activists held a sit-in at the Starbucks coffee shop on 18th and Spruce streets near Rittenhouse Square — the location of the arrests which were called "reprehensible" by the company's CEO, Kevin Johnson, and a "needless" and "unfortunate outcome" by Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney.

Two black men, whose names have not been released, were arrested at the store on Thursday after the shop's manager, who has reportedly since left the company, called 911 to report the two for "trespassing." 

The two men were reportedly sitting inside the store while waiting to meet someone, but had not purchased anything and refused to leave.

At least six Philadelphia police officers arrived, asked the men to leave, and later arrested them. The two men were held for almost nine hours before being released. No charges were filed against them.

Roughly two dozen protesters early Morning took over the store, chanting slogans like, "A whole lot of racism, a whole lot of crap, Starbucks coffee is anti-black."

Abdul-Aliy Muhammad, one of the protest's organizers and co-founder of the Black and Brown Workers Collective, told The Associated Press: "We don't want this Starbucks to make any money today. That's our goal."

Activists then made their way to the Starbucks at 15th and Latimer streets, according to WCAU, where they shouted, "no justice, no peace," before marching to the Starbucks at The Bellevue Hotel on Broad Street.

Protesters outside that location faced police who tried to prevent them from entering, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported. Some found that the Starbucks' doors were locked.

“I want to know why these doors are locked," one protester reportedly shouted. "I want to know whose city this is!”

The protests came as Johnson, and other Starbucks executives, visited Philadelphia on Monday to meet with city officials.

Mayor Kenney said he was pleased they traveled to the city to discuss what happened and "were very contrite." The Democratic mayor said they're going to make sure "this doesn't happen again."

Johnson said he appreciated "the transparency and the spirit with which" Starbucks and the city of Philadelphia are "working together."

A Starbucks spokesperson told NBC News the two men who were arrested have agreed to a meeting, which the CEO said was an "opportunity to listen to them with compassion and empathy through the experience they went through."

Johnson said Starbucks wants managers to be trained on "unconcious bias" following the incident, after saying the company "stands firmly against discrimination or racial profiling."

Fox News' Paulina Dedaj and Ryan Gaydos, along with The Associated Press, contributed to this report.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Donald Trump: America's economy is back and roaring and its people are winning

By Donald Trump


Paychecks are climbing. Tax rates are going down. Businesses are investing in our great country. And most important, Americans are winning.

Tuesday is a day hardworking Americans may dread more than any other. Tax Day. 

A day that individuals and families, small business owners and part-time workers struggle to conquer a burdensome, complex and extremely unfair tax code to determine how much money they owe the government.

But we are changing Tax Day for Americans across the country. 

This is the last year Americans will fill out outdated, complicated tax forms. In the years ahead, because I signed one of the largest tax cuts in history and the most sweeping tax reform in a generation, many Americans will complete their taxes on a simple, single sheet of paper. Remarkably, Congress had to pass this critical legislation without a single Democrat’s vote.

A typical family of four earning $73,000 a year can expect to see an income tax cut of more than $2,000 when they file their tax return in 2019 — slashing their income tax bill in half. The standard deduction has been nearly doubled, so now twice as much income is earned tax-free.

The tax law also doubled the child tax credit and lowers rates across the board for hardworking families. 

I made sure the IRS acted quickly to deliver some of the benefits of this tax cut legislation to Americans. 

As a result, Americans began to see bigger paychecks as early as February. And more savings are on the way. 

America’s competitive edge has also been restored. 

We significantly cut our corporate tax rate from one of the highest in the developed world, which means that American workers and businesses are finally able to win again against foreign competitors. We know that when American workers compete on a level playing field, American workers win.

We have already created 3 million jobs since the election — including more than 290,000 new jobs in manufacturing and more than 75,000 in mining and logging jobs.

On the announcement of my signing this historic tax reform, companies immediately started announcing thousands of new jobs and making enormous investments in their workers. Unemployment claims have reached a 44-year low. After years of wage stagnation, real wages are rising.

Apple will invest $350 billion in the U.S. economy over the next five years, including $30 billion as a direct result of the tax cuts. Fiat Chrysler announced that 2,500 jobs are coming back to near the Motor City. 

And millions of American workers received a tax cut bonus from their employers — pay raises, more money for retirement, or bonus checks — all because of we rolled up our sleeves, put America First, and made our tax code fairer and simpler.

The tax cut bill is also lowering the size of Americans’ monthly utility bills. Major electric companies from California to Maine have credited our tax law as the reason for lowering their prices and giving consumers a break.
This year also marks the last time Americans will have to contend with Obamacare’s cruel individual mandate because our tax law repealed it. 

These penalties largely hit lower-income and middle-class Americans — 80% of the penalties were paid by families making less than $50,000 per year

We have also opened up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for energy exploration — something leaders have tried to do for decades — creating even more jobs and more energy savings. Energy exports are at a record high, and net energy imports are at their lowest level since 1982. We are at the doorstep of energy independence. 

I want every American to have good jobs, rising paychecks and the opportunity to live a life of meaning, purpose and joy. 

That is why I insisted that the tax law also create “Opportunity Zones” that target investments in distressed communities. 

These Opportunity Zones will create more jobs in areas of our country that need them the most and benefit those whom Washington has too often left behind.

On this Tax Day, America is strong and roaring back.

Paychecks are climbing. Tax rates are going down. Businesses are investing in our great country. And most important, the American people are winning.

Donald Trump is the president of the United States.