No ‘there’ there but that doesn’t matter to the partisans

House Intel releases verdict in Russia probe: No collusion by Byron York – “In addition, the committee took issue with the intelligence community assessment of Russian motivations in the 2016 election.”

“The collusion question has been the most basic, and the most contentious, of the entire Trump-Russia investigation. After this or that revelation — the emergence of the Trump dossier, the June 9 meeting, the plea bargain of George Papadopoulos, the activities of Carter Page, the analysis of Facebook ads — partisans on both sides claimed that collusion had been either proved or not.

“There is already, in my view, ample evidence in the public domain on the issue of collusion if you’re willing to see it,” Schiff told reporters last month. “If you want to blind yourself, then you can look the other way.”

It is not clear how Democrats will respond, either with a formal report or series of findings. Republicans said the full report will be provided to Democrats on Tuesday and will be released to the public after it has been fully vetted for classified information.

Eric Holder Comes Unglued After GOP House Intel Committee Rules No Trump-Russia Collusion “This is a Cover Up” by Cristina Laila – “Leaker Adam Schiff immediately blew a gasket and released a ridiculous statement claiming the Republicans don’t care about the fact that the Russians may have leverage over Trump.”

“Eric Holder (tweet): “Republican House Intell Comm shut down Russia probe before doing a complete job This is a coverup and a lasting stain on the reputation of what used to be a bipartisan Committee when it was run by Republican Rogers and Democrat Ruppersberger. Politics beat a desire for the truth”

Eric Holder is the one who left a lasting stain on the Justice Department after his gun-running operation spun out of control.

The demons always scream the loudest when they are being exorcised.

Report: James Clapper Was Leaking Intelligence Reports to CNN During President-Elect Trump Transition (January 2017) by sundance – “According to an article published today by Sara Carter her congressional sources have told her of an investigation into former ODNI James Clapper and his leaking of “intelligence information” to CNN in an orchestrated effort to damage the incoming Trump administration.”

“Here’s why it’s particularly interesting. Back in January of 2017, we noted a series of events between James Clapper (ODNI), John Brennan (CIA) and Jake Tapper (CNN) that appeared transparently obvious about creating a specific narrative.

In essence the week beginning January 10th, 2017 was the origin of the vast ‘Muh Russia’ conspiracy/collusion narrative against the incoming administration. The CNN report pushed by Jake Tapper was also the distribution of leaked information James Clapper and John Brennan. This false narrative was specifically the origin of the “collusion” angle.

James Clapper appeared nervous and playing CYA when he released a statement trying to cover-up his leaking of information to CNN. Remember this?

BUSTED: Former Director Of National Intelligence, James Clapper, Caught Lying During CNN Broadcast by sundance – “It is easy to get lost in the weeds if you don’t follow the details closely

“last night James Clapper appeared on CNN to defend himself against mounting evidence he leaked, and falsified the content of a presidential briefing of an Intelligence Discussion -including the “Steele Dossier”- to CNN January 9th or 10th 2017.

Before getting to the CNN/James Clapper video, it’s important to revisit the specific sequence of events. It is difficult to spot lies if you don’t have events to reference. Here’s a recap of the exact timeline of events from 2017:

Ace: “Shocker: James Clapper Will Avoid Charges For Perjuring Himself Before Congress, As of Today The government that enforces our laws has declared itself immune to the very laws they inflict on the commoners.”

“When a government no longer has moral authority over its citizens, it must rely exclusively on physical coercion and force, and then things get ugly quickly.

They let the statute of limitations run out on his perjury.

Mueller’s new fishing hole: ‘Conspiracy to defraud the government’ by Rick Moran – “Special counsel Robert Mueller is invoking a new charge in his Captain Queeg search for the lost strawberries.”

“He is looking to tie Trump and his aides to a “conspiracy to defraud the government charge.”

What makes this such a stretch is that Mueller apparently doesn’t have to tie it to a criminal action. This puts a lot more of Trump aides in danger of being ensnared in Mueller’s ever widening net.

Nothing quite excites partisan investigators like the term “significant flexibility.” This is great news for Mueller and the Democrats. Trump aides who never committed a criminal act could be caught up in Mueller’s dragnet and sent to jail.

At least in the Clinton investigation, there was an actual criminal act – perjury – which led to the denial of Paula Jones’ rights and obstructed the Starr investigation.

Now, Mueller is saying he doesn’t have to prove that a criminal act resulted from the underlying actions of aides for the conspiracy charge to stick.

I’m sure Democratic legal experts are cheering Mueller on at this point. But at what cost? These Mickey Mouse charges are going to be used in an attempt to overturn a legitimate election of a president. Don’t you think that legal standards should be extraordinarily strict if that’s the case?

Hillary on 2016: I won the places that aren’t looking backwards by Allahpundit – “her theory for why she lost still boils down to one word: Deplorables.” Consider the author and then note the ‘side equality’ false meme. Denial comes in hard (e.g. Holder, Clinton) or soft (e.g. Allahpundit) forms.

“After all the brutal polling about how unlikable she is, all of the analysis about how poor her campaign strategy was, all of the reporting about her party’s disastrous disinterest in competing for working-class white votes in the belief that the Obama coalition was insuperable and unbreakable,

I don’t think this is some arcane, embittered view that Hillary is clinging to in order to soothe herself over her defeat, though. I think this is liberal orthodoxy, part of the red/blue divide. The country is trapped in a toxic marriage that can’t end in divorce, so the two parties forge on thinking the worst of each other and trying to talk to each other as little as possible. A Clinton might understandably be more comfortable articulating that dynamic than most people are.

Are nationwide court injunctions shutting down our democracy? By Jazz Shaw – “This is an old argument which is getting a fresh look in the age of Trump, particularly after a recent op-ed written by the Attorney General and some interviews he’s done.”

“When the executive branch issues an order covering something not regulated by the legislative branch, should a judge from one district be able to shut down the order across the entire nation? That’s the question being tackled by Jeff Sessions this month and he clearly feels the answer is no. (National Review)

Sessions goes on to note that judges didn’t issue these sorts of national injunctions against executive actions for the first 175 years of our country’s existence, but now they have become increasingly more common.

Also pertinent (and we’ve mentioned this here before), is the “forum shopping” which goes on in these cases.

Now, however, we live in an era of hyperpartisan political warfare. Every president and Congress going forward can (and very likely will) be stymied any time they do anything more complicated than naming a new Post Office branch. And to be honest, I can think of a few of those that might face injunctions too. But the Supreme Court has never ruled on the question of national injunctions instituted by lower courts and they tend to be loathe to bring the hammer down on them too heavily. This may be a problem without a solution.

An incredible racist restaurant in New Orleans by Luboš Motl – “a restaurant where white consumers have to pay extra $18 because they are white

“I find this business to be an amazing proof of the omnipresent racism permeating the American society. Can you imagine that a white owner would introduce the analogous “tax for being black”? You can come to my restaurant but you must pay an extra $18 because you’re black. Well, this owner would be attacked by the left-wing press, maybe physically attacked by the Antifa, the Open Society Foundation, or similar terrorist organizations that operate de facto legally, and someone would find a trick to cause legal problems to the owner, too.

But when a black guy does something like that, everything is just fine and cute, it seems.

All these insane policies are justified by the victimhood complex which is treated as OK if not justified even though they are pathetic fairy-tales trying to blame the successful people and groups for someone’s relative failure. Clearly, it’s the white who are the victims here, not blacks – and especially the whites who dare to point out that the emperor has no clothes.

Swamp Things in the Russia Investigation by Victor Davis Hanson – “They are often exempt from the consequences of the laws and regulations that affect others.”

“The chief characteristics of the swamp are the interlocking friendships, business relationships, marriages and partnerships in Washington, and their immune response against anyone who challenges them.

Robert Mueller’s investigation into alleged collusion between Russia and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign has proven the locus classicus of a dysfunctional and highly incestuous Washington culture—so much so that it borders on being a caricature of a Washington investigation.

Meet the players, if you don’t know them already.

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