by Robert Donachie, The Daily Caller:
President Donald Trump is significantly decreasing the size of the federal bureaucracy, a campaign promise he often referred to as “draining the swamp.”
The administration downsized permanent staff at all cabinet-level departments by the end of Sept. 2017, except for at Homeland Security, Veterans Affairs (VA) and Interior, The Washington Post reported Saturday. Hundreds of federal positions have been removed as a result of the administration’s commitment to retool and shed some of the two million federal government employees.
The federal workforce grew sizably under both former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, ballooning from roughly 1.8 million employees in 2000 to 2.14 million at the height of Obama’s presidency.
Trump’s administration is moving at a historically slow pace in filling political positions at federal agencies, whether it be part of his “draining the swamp” promise or a slow movement on the part of the Senate is unclear.
The Senate has only confirmed 240 of the over 600 political appointments that are supposed to help carry out the administration’s agenda.
Agencies the administration has chosen not to shrink do make some sense.
Keeping employment levels higher at Interior, the VA, and Homeland Security is in line with the Trump administration’s “America First” policies, like its push for border security, improving veterans affairs and infrastructure spending, that is already shaping up to be the key legislative agenda of 2018.
Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and GOP leadership are looking to get infrastructure rolling out the gate in January, a goal they believe will get bipartisan support. Infrastructure has been a Democratic campaigning platform for decades, but the party’s leadership is facing heat for failing to get a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals deal done in 2017 — a situation that could prove troubling for Republicans infrastructure push in the coming year.
by Tim Brown, Freedom Outpost:
Update: I need to make a correction on this piece of information. DRL Users is Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor at the State Department. The email in question is from a different FOIA request F-2017-05062. It has nothing to do with Abedin. You can find the email in the State Dept Virtual Reading Room. I apologize for the error.
In the huge document dump of 2,800 documents from Anthony Weiner’s computer, it seems that there are many that continued on into the Trump administration. One has to ask, how are emails from the State Department during the Trump administration ending up on Anthony Weiner’s laptop?
Well, just to make the point, here’s a screenshot of one of the emails. Look at the date.
There are several of these in the documents, which you can download and begin going through yourself by clicking here.
Now, this is just one example, but there are two possible explanations that I can think of at this moment.
First, consider that both Hillary Clinton and Huma Abedin continue to possess security clearance. Why? I have no idea. In June of this year, I reported:
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and some of her staffers continue to possess security clearances to access sensitive government information, and apparently, those clearances may be pulled as the State Department has opened a formal inquiry into whether or not the former secretary mishandled classified information while she was in office.
Fox News reports:
The State Department has opened a formal inquiry into whether former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her aides mishandled classified information while she was the nation’s top diplomat, Fox News has learned. Despite being under investigation, Clinton and her staffers still have security clearances to access sensitive government information.
The department’s investigation aims to determine whether Clinton and her closest aides violated government protocols by using her private server to receive, hold and transmit classified and top-secret government documents. The department declined to say when its inquiry began, but it follows the conclusion of the FBI’s probe into the matter, which did not result in any actions being taken against Clinton or any of her aides.
Depending on the outcome of the current State Department inquiry, Clinton and her aides could have their access to sensitive government documents terminated.
Read More @ FreedomOutpost.com
I am so looking forward to the many exciting things we will see in 2018. If our prayers are answered, it will be the year we see high level arrests of TRAITORS & pedophiles alike. God Bless you one and all. ~SGT
by Turd Ferguson, TF Metals:
Our old friend, Jim Willie, joins us for our annual tradition where we wrap up the year that was and look ahead to the year that will be.
As we like to do, we simply had three primary topics for The Jackass. The questions are framed and then Jim fills in the blanks. As we wrap 2017 and look toward 2018, the topics are:
- Interest rates, QE and the global bond market
- The accelerating movement toward de-dollarization and risks to the petrodollar
- How geo-politics and war are impacted by #2 above
You’ll no doubt enjoy this 65-minute call. It’s going to be a wildly unpredictable and volatile 2018. My hope for everyone listening is that it begins with a safe and relaxing New Year’s weekend.
Click HERE to listen
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Wishful Thinking OR Trump Deep State Counter Coup Reality? … DELTA FORCE RAIDS OBAMA STRONGHOLD IN THAILAND
from Someones Bones:
During the pre-dawn hours on Christmas Day, Delta Force operators launched a precision strike against an Obama-controlled stronghold in Thailand, says an active Secret Service agent who claims President Trump green lit the operation following a series of telephone calls to United States military commanders and to Thailand Prime Minister Nik Bukharin.
A Delta detachment, known as 1-SFOD in the Special Operations community, flew from Okinawa, Japan to the United States Embassy in Bangkok, and held position while Trump cleared the incursion with his Thai counterparts.
According to our source, the Trump administration learned that Obama, by proxy, owned a mansion and a 400-acre estate on the outskirts of the city of Si Sa Ket, approximately 500 km from Bangkok. On paper, the land was owned by the allegedly defunct Solyndra Corporation, a startup solar company to which Obama gave 2.2 billion taxpayer dollars in 2009. Shortly thereafter, Solyndra declared bankruptcy, and the money vanished. Despite apparent poverty, Solyndra maintained real estate holdings valued at over 800 million dollars in a half-dozen Southeast Asian countries. The Trump administration connected the dots, linking Obama to the Thai property, after asserting Presidential privilege and subpoenaing flight records that demonstrably proved Obama had travelled to Si Sa Ket six times as president and an additional four times in the past year.
In a June 2009 edition of the Washington Beacon, conservative author Thomas Clearwater wrote, “Solyndra does not appear to be a legitimate institution, and is likely a shell company or slush fund used or owned by Obama to launder his dirty money.”
Our Secret Service source supports that contention.
“Obama holds real estate, vast sums of currency, and shadow companies across the globe, under many aliases. He doesn’t keep them in his name, as that would be too conspicuous. The administration has learned about many of them and has been working with foreign governments to seize Obama’s illicitly gained assets. Many of these nations are not exactly friendly to the United States; we don’t know what Trump offered in exchange for rights to seize assets in non-extradition countries or put special operations boots on the ground on foreign soil. I’m sure the price way high. Clandestine missions are occurring right now. The Solyndra mansion was just one of many,” our source explained.
At 3:00 am (local time), a pair of helicopters, including decoy craft, airlifted Delta to its destination. They found the mansion deserted; however, according to our source, the dwelling had been recently occupied. The unit commander discovered freshly chopped vegetables and lukewarm coffee in the kitchen; outside fresh tire impressions lead away from the compound. Someone, our source said, must have tipped off the occupants shortly before Delta arrived on scene.
by Tim Pearce, The Daily Sheeple:
Unsealed court documents detail how the team of prosecutors tasked with convicting Cliven Bundy and his sons of crimes relating to a 2014 armed standoff failed to turn over potential exculpatory evidence to the court, The Oregonian reports.
The Bundys’ case ended in a mistrial Dec. 20 after Judge Gloria Navarro ruled that prosecutors violated the civil rights of the defendants by withholding evidence supporting the Bundys’ case. Navarro is considering dismissing the case “with prejudice” and blocking prosecutors from retrying the case. Her decision will come Jan. 8, according to The New York Times.
“There were approximately 3,000 pages that were provided to us only after we started trial,” Bundy lawyer Bret D. Whipple told TheNYT. “I personally have never seen anything like this, especially in a case of such importance.”
Those 3,000 pages include the Bundys’ requests for multiple federal assessments that showed the Bundy family was likely not dangerous. Prosecutors calledthe requests part of a “long list of frivolous and vexatious pleadings,” until a government witness, under cross examination, revealed knowledge of the assessments in court, The Oregonian reports.
Defense attorney’s asked federal prosecutors to hand over Inspector General reports on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) agent Dan Love, who directed the BLM raid on the Bundy ranch to seize the family’s cattle over decades of unpaid grazing fees. Love was fired from the agency in September for corruption and unethical behavior.
Prosecutors had dismissed the allegations and investigations of Love as an “urban legend,” but ended up handing over 500 pages worth of reports on Love in December, according to The Oregonian.
Read More @ TheDailySheeple.com
by Harley Schlanger, LaRouche PAC:
The House Intelligence Committee has given the FBI and Department of Justice until January 3, 2018 to produce their files on Christopher Steele and the use of his dirty British intelligence authored dossier in the Russiagate hoax against President Trump. It is believed that these documents will not only implicate top officials of the FBI and DOJ in a British instigated conspiracy against Donald Trump. They will lead to full exposure of Barack Obama and all of his intelligence chiefs as part of this conspiracy.
As the House Intelligence Committee closes in, the screams and whines of the U.S. political establishment have reached a fevered pitch. Saying that Robert Mueller and the FBI are corrupt is obstruction of justice! They rant. The last few days news feeds from the Resist! Insurrection crowd included Clinton and Washington D.C. superlawyer David Kendall imploring, “Leave Robert Mueller alone” and Obama CIA chief John Brennan and fired FBI Director James Comey tweeting in support of compromised “friends’ at the FBI and Department of Justice. Both Brennan and Obama’s former DNI James Clapper have been wildly claiming and waving their hands to anyone who will pay attention that Vladimir Putin is somehow “playing” Donald Trump.
In his December 28th letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, House Intelligence Chair Devin Nunes revealed who is actually obstructing justice. According to Nunes, the FBI and Justice Department played a three card monte game with documents concerning the use and payment for the dodgy British Intelligence dossier requested by subpoena from the FBI by the House last August. In response to the August subpoena, DOJ flatly denied that any basic FBI investigatory documents, such as FD-302 interview summaries regarding the Steele dossier existed. Then, in early December, shortly before Nunes was to meet with Rosenstein, numerous FD-302s were discovered to exist. According to Nunes’ letter,“As it turns out, not only did documents exist that were directly responsive to the Committee’s subpoenas, but they involved senior DOJ and FBI officials who were swiftly reassigned when their roles in matters under the Committee’s investigation were brought to light.”In addition, the Justice Department has refused to produce any FBI documents concerning meetings between FBI officials and FBI confidential human sources concerning the Steele dossier. The House Committee is now challenging that refusal.
Nunes also demands interview dates for former DOJ Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr (who held unauthorized meetings with Christopher Steele and whose wife worked for Steele’s U.S. business partner, Fusion GPS, on the Steele Trump/Russia project), FBI lovebirds, Peter Strzok and Lisa Page (both deeply involved in the dodgy dossier as resistance fighters against Trump), former FBI attorney and James Comey confidante James Baker, and FBI attorney Sally Moyer and Director for Congressional Affairs Greg Brewer. It would seem that all of these people are deeply implicated in the documents which the FBI explicitly denied even existed.
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