Saturday, February 27, 2021

How’s Socialism Doing In Venezuela?

from Freedom Outpost:

Once there was a South American country with a promising future. It had a functioning democracy, a rapidly developing economy, and a growing middle class. All the important indicators, including education, health care, and foreign investment, were pointed in the right direction.

It was far from perfect, but the mood was hopeful – and with good reason.

But now all that promise is gone. The country is a failed state, a hollowed-out shell of its former self.

Services like power and water are sporadic. The most basic consumer goods, from bread to toilet paper, are in chronically short supply.

Crime has skyrocketed.

Freedom of the press is almost non-existent.

Democracy has been replaced by a virtual dictatorship.

The country is, I’m sorry to say, my beloved Venezuela, a place in which my family has deep roots.

I can tell you what happened to it in one word: socialism.

In 1999, then-candidate for President Hugo Chavez promised to lead the people of Venezuela to a socialist paradise. His theme was “Esperanza y Cambio” – “Hope and Change”.

“Venezuela is a nation of great wealth,” Chavez said, “but it’s being stolen from its citizens by the evil capitalists and the evil corporations.”

This wrong would be righted, he assured the voters, if they elected him. And they did, to their everlasting regret.

Chavez drew inspiration from his mentor, Fidel Castro.

Like his mentor, he enjoyed giving speeches – some which lasted as many as seven hours! He even gave himself his own weekly television show where he would spontaneously break into song.

Here’s a rule: When your nation’s leader starts singing on national television, you’re in trouble.

Under Chavez, the government of Venezuela took over industry after industry.

The government, he assured everyone, would run these businesses better than private enterprise, and the profits would be “shared” by the people.

With great fanfare, he tore up contracts with multinational oil and gas companies and demanded that they pay much higher royalties.

When they refused, he told them to leave. They did.

His image was burnished by Hollywood celebrities who flocked to see the great work he was doing – taking money from the rich and giving it to the poor.

Progressive politicians from the US and Europe also praised him lavishly.

Here’s another rule: When Hollywood celebrities visit your country to praise your leader you’re in trouble.

When the leader sings on national television and is praised by Hollywood celebrities, you’re doomed.

Socialism always works in the beginning, so people are fooled…in the beginning.

It’s easy for governments to confiscate money, but eventually, there’s no more money to confiscate.

In the case of Venezuela, I mean that literally: People who could get money out of the country, did.

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Following Pardon, Sheriff Joe Arpaio Vows to Expose Obama’s DOJ Corruption

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by Tim Brown, Freedom Outpost:

fter receiving a long awaited pardon from President Donald Trump late on Friday last week, former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio gave an interview in which he promised to exposed the Department of Justice under the former usurper-in-chief, Barack Hussein Obama Soeotoro Sobarkah.

Appearing on the Sean Hannity Show, Sheriff Joe said, “I’m going to have a news conference early next week to get to the bottom of this, to show the expose abuse of the judicial system and politics.”

“I’m not going down without trying to defend myself,” he added. “I think people will be shocked the news media were trying to destroy me for all of these years.”

Arpaio was then asked about “the abuse of the judiciary.”

He said that many of Obama’s staffers were looking forward to seeing him go down.

I guess they are surprised now.

Sheriff Joe did say that he was grateful to supporters who “stood shoulder to shoulder” with him through the tyranny he face for simply doing the job those who were prosecuting him should have been doing.

“Thank you @realdonaldtrump for seeing my conviction for what it is: a political witch hunt by holdovers in the Obama justice department!” Arpaio tweeted on Friday.

That pardon and Arpaio’s tweet was a shot at establishment Republicans and Democrats who blasted Trump over the pardon, which was about as constitutional as you can get.

Additionally, as we have previously reported, Sheriff Joe is also eyeing the US Senate seat of Arizona Senator Jeff Flake (R), who criticized Arpaio’s pardon by tweeting out, “Regarding the Arpaio pardon, I would have preferred that the President honor the judicial process and let it take its course.”

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Trump at His Most Brazen

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by Peter Schiff, Euro Pacific Capital:

The media has taken President Trump to task for all manner of false or exaggerated claims, but surprisingly little has been said about Trump’s most glaring forays into abject hypocrisy. Recently, on the Joe Rogan podcast, economist Peter Schiff outlined how Candidate Trump rightly questioned the reliability of unemployment data and stock market performance, but reversed himself completely on those fundamental views after the election.

On the campaign trail, Trump consistently described the stock market gains of the Obama years (Dow up 147{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} in 8 years)* as an artificial bubble created by the Federal Reserve that would eventually pop as soon as interest rates rose. Similarly, he described Obama-era unemployment statistics (which showed joblessness in the 5{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} range) as “the biggest hoax in history” as the data did not reflect how Obama’s regulations had encouraged employers to replace full time workers with part time workers. Candidate Trump’s views on these issues resonated as truthful to voters and stood in contrast to happy talk from Democrats. The breadth of candor helped him carry the election.

But as president, Trump has done an unabashed 180 on both of these points. He continuously credits the 10{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} gain in stocks since his inauguration as a sure sign of his success. He also claims that recent drops in the unemployment rate (which have brought the numbers into 4{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} territory – the lowest rates in 16 years) are the proof that his policies (whatever they may be) are creating confidence and success.

The truth is that the current drift of stock prices and unemployment data is simply continuations of trends seen under Obama. No more, no less. Nothing material has been done on the monetary, fiscal or regulatory level that would have changed the course of these trends. Phony statistics then, are just as phony now. To get elected Trump claimed that the economy was a disaster. But now that he is President, he describes a nearly identical economy as a miracle of success. Of all the reversals Trump has made since taking office, these are perhaps the most brazen.

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Donald Trump Slashes Obamacare Outreach Funding by 90 Percent

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by Charlie Spierling, Breitbart:

President Donald Trump’s administration is cutting money used to promote Obamacare from $100 million to $10 million, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.

“The Trump Administration is determined to serve the American people instead of trying to sell them a bad deal,” said HHS spokeswoman Caitlin Oakley in a call with reporters, according to The Hill.

Officials detailed plans to cut funding for Obamacare outside “navigators” by 41 percent. The navigators are groups who profit by hitting targeted goals of people into the system.

An HHS official described the advertising program as a “bad deal” with “diminishing returns,” according to TPM.  

“There are diminishing returns from this spending,” one senior official said. “People are generally aware of Obamacare and the exchanges. They are aware of the products out there and aware they can sign up.”

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Is the CIA Writing Legislation for the U.S. Congress?

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by Michael Krieger, Liberty Blitzkrieg:

Today I want to highlight a troubling bill moving through Congress that seems inspired by a thuggish, authoritarian speech given earlier this year by CIA head Mike Pompeo.

I found that speech so disturbing at the time, I wrote an entire piecetaking it apart. Below is an excerpt from that talk which is relevant to this piece:

WikiLeaks walks like a hostile intelligence service and talks like a hostile intelligence service. It has encouraged its followers to find jobs at CIA in order to obtain intelligence. It directed Chelsea Manning in her theft of specific secret information. And it overwhelmingly focuses on the United States, while seeking support from anti-democratic countries and organizations.

It is time to call out WikiLeaks for what it really is – a non-state hostile intelligence service often abetted by state actors like Russia. In January of this year, our Intelligence Community determined that Russian military intelligence—the GRU—had used WikiLeaks to release data of US victims that the GRU had obtained through cyber operations against the Democratic National Committee. And the report also found that Russia’s primary propaganda outlet, RT, has actively collaborated with WikiLeaks.

Pompeo said that in April. Fast forward a few months, and let’s take a look at what the U.S. Senate is up to.

From The Daily Beast:

 

If the Senate intelligence committee gets its way, America’s spy agencies will have to release a flood of information about Russian threats to the U.S.—the kind of threats that Donald Trump may not want made public.

The committee also wants Congress to declare WikiLeaks a “non-state hostile intelligence service,” which would open Julian Assange and the pro-transparency organization – which most of the U.S. government considers a handmaiden of Russian intelligence – to new levels of surveillance.

On Friday, the committee quietly published its annual intelligence authorization, a bill that blesses the next year’s worth of intelligence operations. The bill passed the committee late last month on a 14-1 vote, with Democrat Ron Wyden of Oregon as the lone dissenter, owing to what he calls the “legal, constitutional and policy implications” that the WikiLeaks provision may entail…

The bill would establish a “sense of Congress” that WikiLeaks and its leadership “resemble a non-state hostile intelligence service often abetted by state actors and should be treated as such a service by the United States.” The language echoes almost exactly CIA director Mike Pompeo’s scathing April speech calling WikiLeaks a “non-state hostile intelligence service often abetted by state actors like Russia,” a departure from the “I love WikiLeaks” rhetoric from then-candidate Trump.

The move, Eoyang assessed, would open WikiLeaks up to even more extensive surveillance.

“It would allow the intelligence community to collect against them the same way they collect against al-Qaeda,” Eoyang said. “If you think you’re helping WikiLeaks to aid a transparency organization, the US government fundamentally disagrees with you and you could find yourself on other end of NSA scrutiny.”

Wyden has criticized WikiLeaks before, including a May statement that “Trump actively encouraged Russians and WikiLeaks to attack our democracy.” WikiLeaks denies the accusation. But Wyden voted against the bill out of concern for the implications of the WikiLeaks provision.

“My concern is that the use of the novel phrase ‘non-state hostile intelligence service’ may have legal, constitutional, and policy implications, particularly should it be applied to journalists inquiring about secrets,” Wyden said in a quote to the Daily Beast he later released in a statement.  

“The language in the bill suggesting that the U.S. government has some unstated course of action against ‘non-state hostile intelligence services’ is equally troubling.  The damage done by WikiLeaks to the United States is clear.  But with any new challenge to our country, Congress ought not react in a manner that could have negative consequences, unforeseen or not, for our constitutional principles.  The introduction of vague, undefined new categories of enemies constitutes such an ill-considered reaction.”

See what happened there. The head of the CIA makes a dubious claim in order to launch what amounts to a backdoor attack against the press. Then, just a few months later, Congress begins pushing a bill which uses the exact same language as Pompeo. This episode once again demonstrates what a joke our so-called “representative” democracy is in practice. If the public wants something, it’ll never happen, but if spies or corporate titans need something done, Congress does not skip a beat.

Also of significance, was the near unanimous support from within the Senate Intelligence Committee, with only Ron Wyden voicing dissent. This is noteworthy because Sen. Wyden was one of the few people who vocally warned about unconstitutional surveillance before Snowden dropped his bombshell.

He was also the one who exposed James Clapper lying about domestic spying while he was Director of National Intelligence:

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Leaked Documents Purport To Show How The U.S., Gulf Countries Ship Weapons To Terrorists Using Diplomatic Flight Cover

by Brandon Turbeville, Activist Post:

A recent report by Bulgarian journalist Dilyana Gaytandzhieva entitled, “350 Diplomatic Flights Carry Weapons For Terrorists,” may very well have blown the lid on a secret program to provide weapons to terrorists in Iraq and Syria as well as anti-Houthi militants in Yemen. Gaytandzhieva’s report claims that the documents leaked to her by anonymous sources show that the Azberbaijani airline Silk Way Airlines was contracted by companies in the United States, Israel, and the Balkans to the militaries of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates as well as U.S. Special Ops. Gaytandzhieva’s own on-the-ground reporting also uncovered many weapons related to this secret trade in Aleppo after she had traveled there to investigate the story.

PLEASE NOTE: It is important to visit Gaytandzhieva’s original article in which she presents scanned copies of the documents sent to her.

Although Gaytandzhieva’s report is months old, it gained wider traction in the alternative media after it was revealed she was subsequently interrogated by Bulgaria’s intelligence services and then fired from her newspaper because of the story.

Gaytandzhieva reports that at least 350 diplomatic flights by Silk Way Airlines (an Azeri state-run company) transported weapons all across the world to various war zones over the past three years. She writes that the planes carried “tens of tons of heavy weapons and ammunition headed to terrorists under the cover of diplomatic flights.” Gaytandzhieva says that the documents implicating Silk Way Airlines were sent to her on Twitter by Anonymous Bulgaria.

She reports that the documents include correspondence between the Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Embassy of Azerbaijan to Bulgaria. They also include documents which were attached requesting clearance for overflight and/or landing in Bulgaria and many other countries in Europe as well as the United States, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and Turkey including others still.

According to Gaytandzhieva, the documents show Silk Way Airlines offering diplomatic flights to private companies and arm manufacturers in Israel, the Balkans, and the United States as well as the UAE, KSA, militaries and U.S. Special Ops Command (USSOCOM). The airline also offered its services to the militaries of Germany and Denmark in Afghanistan and to Sweden in Iraq.

According to Gaytandzhieva, the diplomatic flights were utilized because they are exempt from checks, taxes, and air bills. For that reason, she states that the Silk Way planes transported “hundreds of tons of weapons to different locations around the world without regulation” and for free. The reporter writes that the planes made stops ranging from a few hours up to a whole day for no logical reason i.e. repair, refueling, etc., thus lending further evidence that the planes were indeed shipping weapons as a primary mission.

Gaytandzhieva writes that the International Air Transport Association (IATA) requires that “Dangerous Goods, Regulations, operators, transporting dangerous goods forbidden transportation by civil aircrafts, must apply for exemption for transportation of dangerous goods by air.” She states that, according to the documents she received, Azerbaijan’s Foreign Ministry sent instructions to its embassies in Bulgaria and other European countries requesting diplomatic clearance for Silk Way Airlines flights. The embassies then sent diplomatic notes to the Foreign Ministry of the host countries to request the exemption. The Foreign Ministry would then send back a note signed by the local civil aviation authorities granting the necessary exemption for the transport of the dangerous goods by air.

These requests, according to the documents and the report, included information about the type and quantity of the goods on board, listed as “heavy weapons and ammunition.” Still, Gaytandzhieva writes, “the responsible authorities of many countries (Bulgaria, Serbia, Romania, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Poland, Turkey, Germany, UK, Greece, etc.) have turned a blind eye and allowed diplomatic flights for the transport of tons of weapons, carried out by civil aircrafts for military needs.”

US Connection

The main customers of the “flights for weapons” program seem to be American companies which supply weaponry to the U.S. military and Special Operations Command. In the cases being addressed by Gaytandzhieva, however, all the weapons being transported are “non-standard” weapons, meaning those not used by the U.S. military or Special Ops.

According to the “register of federal contracts,” American companies were awarded contracts for $1 billion over the last three years under a program for “non-US standard weapons supplies.” According to the documents analyzed by Gaytanzhieva, all of these companies used Silk Way Airlines for the weapons transport. In some cases where Silk Way Airlines was too busy to accommodate shipment, Azerbaijan Air Force planes were used to transport the weapons. The weapons, however, never reached Azerbaijan.

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More Than 60,000 People Are Calling on Trump to Designate George Soros a Terrorist

by Tim Brown, Freedom Outpost:

The infamous George Soros has been an instigator in funding some of the most corrupt politicians and some of the most seditious organizations not only in the US, but around the world.

As such, a new petition at the White House website has over 60,000 signatures calling on President Donald Trump to designate George Soros as a terrorist and seize all of his related organizations’ assets under RICO and NDAA law.

The petition was started on September 19, 2017 and has garnered 63,179 signatures since that time.

The petition reads:

Whereas George Soros has willfully and on an ongoing basis attempted to destabilize and otherwise commit acts of sedition against the United States and its citizens, has created and funded dozens (and probably hundreds) of discrete organizations whose sole purpose is to apply Alinsky model terrorist tactics to facilitate the collapse of the systems and Constitutional government of the United State, and has developed unhealthy and undue influence over the entire Democrat Party and a large portion of the US Federal government, the DOJ should immediately declare George Soros and all of his organizations and staff members to be domestic terrorists, and have all of his personal an organizational wealth and assets seized under Civil Asset Forfeiture law.

The petition must reach 100,000 signatures before being addressed by the White House.

Soros has been behind financing many of the revolutions around the world and capitalizing on the collapse of the economies of several nations.

Soros was mentioned in a 1999 Chinese military document as a “financial terrorist”.

“We believe that before long, ‘financial warfare’ will undoubtedly be an entry in the various types of dictionaries of official military jargon,” the document states, adding “The main protagonist in this section of the history book will not be a statesman or a military strategist; rather, it will be George Soros.”

The Hungarian Prime Minister has said that peace in Europe has been threatened by Goerge Soros’ “Mafia Network,” and has 

Soros has been funding the Trump travel ban protests, has been tied to those filing multiple lawsuits to stop Trump’s investigation of election discrepancies,

His son, Alexander is following in his father’s footsteps in outpacing George in giving to the Democrat National Committee and Democrats, in general, this year, while George funded lobbyists in DC to sway politics more in the first half of 2017 than all of 2016 combined.

Recently, we reported that he has funneled nearly $2 million into district attorney races in Philadelphia.

This is certainly not the first time the Soros is coming under attack.

In May, Soros was facing a $10 billion lawsuit that accused him of being a “racketeer billionaire” and manipulating the politics and economics of Guinea, a sovereign African nation, for his own benefit.

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America Has Stage Four Cancer and It Is Called “Google”

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by Dave Hodges, The Common Sense Show:

A funny thing happened on the way to reporting on the Presidential assassination, the Fema-camp-style roundup of the American people for “incorrect political views”, America’s latest war of military occupation, the monopolization of all e-commerce by delisting all non-referred competitors and transpiring event and an unmitigated  genocide, Google was the only voice left to speak and “the people” never learned of these implending and/or transpiring events. Why? Because Google had eliminated all competition, whether they be conservative and even liberal.

This article will briefly review Google’s illlegal and unwarranted censorship of the Independent Media from it search engines and on Youtube. There is a stunning revelation that Google’s censorship extends far beyond eliminating the message from the conservative right, it extends to all of the media in one form or another.

The “Old News” of Google’s Censorship

There is not a conservative outlet from The Common Sense Show to the Hagmann Report to Steve Quayle to Mike Adams and Natural News that has not felt the sting Google’s long and powerful reach. On Youtube, their Google-controlled censorship has eliminated 90{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} of the profits of several channels on Youtube.

Many believe that Google’s only censorship goal was to silence the Independent Media and to eliminate as much opposition to the Deep State as possible. That is only partially true. Yes, I believe the facts support the belief that Google is providing cover for some very dark moves planned by the Deep State and by silencing the Independent Media, the majority of Americans will never see the tyranny that is coming their way. However, as I discovered that Google’s censorship reach has extended far beyond the silencing of what we like to call the “truthful media”.

Google Is Synonymous with the CIA/NSA

Take a look at what Global Research has discovered about Google:

In-Q-Tel is something that I was covering extensively 4-5 yearss ago. They are an agent for the CIA and have even taken on NSA duties. They have partnered with Google and Google is doing their bidding and they are being handsomely rewarded.

As many, including myself have previously covered, Google is running point for the CIA/NSA, ultimately the Deep State, in order to eliminate all “contrary views”. In large part, the Independent Media won the 2016 election for Donald Trump and the Deep State will hae no more of this. But even more ominous is the fact that Google is quickly becoming the company store. In mining towns, the company that owns the mines also buys up all food distribution points, all the housing and most of the small businesses. They price fix and they reduce their employees existence to that of a feudal serf. If America is not careful, all Americans will someday live in a house controlled by Google, buy groceries from a Google controlled outlet and purchase their retail from Google subsidiaries. Google will totally control all news content and will deslist all E-Commerce competition. These are bold claims, but the proof is in the process that is already underway.

Also from Global Research

Google is already helping the government write, and rewrite, history. Here, from its transparency report, are some stats on the amount of information it has either given to the government or wiped from the web based on requests by U.S. agencies:

  • 4,601 requests from U.S. government agencies for “user data
  • Google complied with government requests for user data 94{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} of the time.
  • 1,421 requests for “content removal
  • Google complied with content removal requests 87{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} of the time.
  • 15 requests were from “executive, police etc.”
  • 1 was a national security request.

Conclusion

This information is absolutely huge in its scope.  Part Two is over 2,000 words long. In Part Two of this series, I will be presenting voluminos documentation of the claims made in Part One.

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Is Hillary Running the FBI? “Lack of Public Interest in Emails Justifies Withholding Documents” Says FBI

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by Mish Shedlock, Mish Talk:

Here’s a headline news story that has me scratching my head: FBI Says Lack of Public Interest in Hillary Emails Justifies Withholding Documents.

Hillary Clinton’s case isn’t interesting enough to the public to justify releasing the FBI’s files on her, the bureau said this week in rejecting an open-records request by a lawyer seeking to have the former secretary of state punished for perjury.

Ty Clevenger, the lawyer, has been trying to get Mrs. Clinton and her personal lawyers disbarred for their handling of her official emails during her time as secretary of state. He’s met with resistance among lawyers, and now his request for information from the FBI’s files has been shot down.

In the end, the FBI didn’t recommend charges against Mrs. Clinton, concluding that while she risked national security, she was too technologically inept to know the dangers she was running, so no case could be made against her.

“I’m just stunned. This is exactly what I would have expected had Mrs. Clinton won the election, but she didn’t. It looks like the Obama Administration is still running the FBI,” Mr. Clevenger told The Washington Times.

“How can a story receive national news coverage and not be a matter of public interest? If this is the new standard, then there’s no such thing as a public interest exception,” he said.

Technologically Inept

By my estimation, at least half the nation is interested in Hillary’s emails.

Hillary is not only technologically inept, she is inept in every way shape and form.

That’s my opinion, and you may disagree. That’s OK.

Dissent is welcome as long as you answer this simple question: Since when is being inept an excuse for breaking the law?

Bonus question: Is Hillary running the FBI?

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HIGH CRIMES: New Evidence Reveals Comey Drafted Statement Exonerating Hillary Before Key Witness Interviews

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from Zero Hedge:

A new letter from Senators Chuck Grassley and Lindsey Graham reveal testimony from new witnesses suggesting that former FBI Director James Comey had already started drafting documentation exonerating Hillary Clinton long before interviewing key witnesses, including Hillary herself. 

According to the letter, which is based on testimony from James Rybicki, Comey’s Chief of Staff, and Trisha Anderson, the Principal Deputy General Counsel of National Security and Cyberlaw, Comey began drafting a statement to announce the conclusion of the Hillary investigation in April or May 2016, well before he had interviewed up to 17 key witnesses. 

Meanwhile, as if that weren’t bad enough, the Comey statement was also drafted before immunity deals were struck with Cheryl Mills and Heather Samuelson who seemingly ran point, along with Platte River Networks, to destroy Hillary’s emails after a Congressional subpoena had been issued mandating their preservation.

Here is a summary from the Grassley/Graham letter:

Transcripts reviewed by the Senate Judiciary Committee reveal that former FBI Director James Comey began drafting an exoneration statement in the Clinton email investigation before the FBI had interviewed key witnesses.  Chairman Chuck Grassley and Senator Lindsey Graham, chairman of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism, requested all records relating to the drafting of the statement as the committee continues to review the circumstances surrounding Comey’s removal from the Bureau.

 

“Conclusion first, fact-gathering second—that’s no way to run an investigation.  The FBI should be held to a higher standard than that, especially in a matter of such great public interest and controversy,” the senators wrote in a letter today to the FBI.

 

Last fall, following allegations from Democrats in Congress, the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) began investigating whether Comey’s actions in the Clinton email investigation violated the Hatch Act, which prohibits government employees from using their official position to influence an election.  In the course of that investigation, OSC interviewed two FBI officials close to Comey: James Rybicki, Comey’s Chief of Staff, and Trisha Anderson, the Principal Deputy General Counsel of National Security and Cyberlaw.  OSC provided transcripts of those interviews at Grassley’s request after it closed the investigation due to Comey’s termination.

 

Both transcripts are heavily redacted without explanation. However, they indicate that Comey began drafting a statement to announce the conclusion of the Clinton email investigation in April or May of 2016, before the FBI interviewed up to 17 key witnesses including former Secretary Clinton and several of her closest aides.  The draft statement also came before the Department entered into immunity agreements with Cheryl Mills and Heather Samuelson where the Department agreed to a very limited review of Secretary Clinton’s emails and to destroy their laptops after review.

And here is a key excerpt from Ms. Anderson’s testimony:

Q:  So moving along to the first public statement on the case or Director Comey’s first statement the July 5, 2016 statement.  When did you first learn that Director Comey was planning to make some kind of public statement about the outcome of the Clinton email investigation?

 

A:  The idea, I’m not entirely sure exactly when the idea of the public statement um first emerged.  Um it was, I just, I can’t put a precise timeframe on it um but [redaction].  And then I believe it was in early May of 2016 that the Director himself wrote a draft of that statement …

Q:  So when you found out in early May that there was, that the Director had written a draft of what the statement might look like, how did you learn about that?

A:  [Redacted] gave me a hard copy of it…

Q:  So what happened next with respect to the draft?

A:  I don’t know for sure um, I don’t know. There were many iterations, at some point there were many iterations of the draft that circulated…

Meanwhile, as a reminder of the timing, if Comey was already drafting a statement clearing Clinton of any wrongdoing in April then it came before any of the following interviews….keep in mind that many people on 

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