The Deep State Loses Again

 

Rough week for the DOJ. First, a January 6th defendant is acquitted on the legal principle that you can’t convict someone of trespassing if you let them in in the first place, and now a jury has acquitted two defendants and deadlocked on two more in the Gretchen Whitmer kidnapping plot. Specifically, the kidnapping plot that was instigated by FBI undercover agents and paid informants. One of the FBI Agents involved in the case was subsequently arrested on domestic abuse charges.  

The FBI’s conduct in this case was egregious. The FBI and its informants instigated the plot, moved to entrap the participants, and tried to destroy exculpatory evidence

New details about how that informant misbehaved, and the FBI’s discovery of his misbehavior, were disclosed in a new court filing this week. The defense published a memo in which an FBI agent discusses the discovery that the informant was trying to coverup his missteps, including asking another informant — not knowing they were an informant — to “delete the in-car recording of the surveillance of the governor’s home.”

Much like the overzealous DOJ prosecutor that drove a man to suicide through a ruthless January 6th prosecution, this plot looks to be the effort of an ambitious FBI bureaucrat wanting to make a name for himself by uncovering a domestic terrorism plot

The two FBI agents who worked most on this case were not called by federal prosecutors: agent Jayson Chambers, after reports he had formed a security company on the side that could benefit from his work on the kidnapping plot case; and Henrik Impola, after what the feds say were unsubstantiated allegations that he committed perjury in an unrelated case.

Chambers, who was called to testify by the defense, told the jury that he pushed the FBI to approve the terrorism investigation into the Wolverine Watchmen in 2020.

“I have pledged to beat them over the head with it until they comply,” Chambers wrote in a text in April 2020. “I’m going to be working this as a TEI (Terrorism Enterprise Investigation) whether you get me the paperwork or not.”

Chambers said the FBI later approved the investigation.

Federal prosecutors also didn’t call a third agent, Robert J. Trask, who testified in an earlier hearing in the case. The FBI fired Trask last year after he was convicted of assaulting his wife. He also had made anti-Trump social media posts.

In a properly functioning republic, the misconduct of the FBI in this case would be so outrageous that there would be multiple firings and a thorough housecleaning at the FBI. But as we well know, the Deep State always protects its own.

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  1. kedavis Coolidge
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    Victor Tango Kilo: The FBI’s conduct in this case was egregious. The FBI and its informants instigated the plot, moved to entrap the participants, and tried to destroy exculpatory evidence

    Sounds rather like Kamala Harris’s record in the People’s Republic of California.

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  2. DonG (CAGW is a Hoax) Coolidge
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    The two acquittals have something or rather someone in common.

    From Oct 17, 2020.

    On Tuesday, FBI Director Christopher Wray promoted Steven M. D’Antuono to head the Bureau’s Washington Field Office.

    Steven M. D’Antuono, who was named chief of the Detroit FBI office a year ago, has been promoted to head the Washington Field Office, a coveted post in the bureau.

    FBI Director Christopher Wray made the announcement Tuesday, just several days after D’Antuono’s agents and state police busted up a plot to abduct Gov. Gretechen Whitmer. His official new title is assistant director in charge. [Deadline Detroit]
     
    Heading the D.C. field office is one of the most coveted posts in law enforcement. It’s the second-largest FBI field office, trailing only New York City.

    D’Antuono had only been running the Detroit office for about a year prior to this prestigious promotion. His most prestigious case by far climaxed just last week, as it was D’Antuono’s agents who helped arrest 13 men for allegedly plotting to kidnap Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer. Democrats and the press, who want to downplay months of rioting and mayhem by the left, used the highly-publicized  arrests to blame the right for political violence.

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  3. Fritz Coolidge
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    Swamp gonna swamp.

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  4. Stad Coolidge
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    I see one Jan 6 guy has backed out of his plea bargain . . .

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  5. Victor Tango Kilo Member
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    The Wordsmith, Kevin Williamson, leaps to the defense of the Deep State.

    The acquittal does not mean that the men did not do anything wrong, or even that they did not do what they are accused of; still less does it mean that the entire episode was, as some sympathizers say, a case of federal entrapment

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  6. Bryan G. Stephens Thatcher
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    Victor Tango Kilo (View Comment):

    The Wordsmith, Kevin Williamson, leaps to the defense of the Deep State.

    The acquittal does not mean that the men did not do anything wrong, or even that they did not do what they are accused of; still less does it mean that the entire episode was, as some sympathizers say, a case of federal entrapment

    It means they are legally innocent. 

    I guess getting a non guilty verdict means little to Kevin. 

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  7. Clifford A. Brown Contributor
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    As Lucretia noted on the latest Three Whiskeys Happy Hour episode of the Power Line podcast, the FBI and DOJ ran the Whitmer fake investigation of an FBI created and led crime to successfully swing Michigan from reelecting President Trump to supposedly electing FJB.

    The misconduct was just as intentional as the misconduct in the earlier wrongful prosecution of Senator Stevens, timed and conducted to swing a crucial Senate seat to the Dems when they would never otherwise win that seat.

    So, really, the Deep State won in both cases. They got the desired results and did so in the justified confidence that they would not go to jail, or lose a law license, or face any other career and life damaging consequences.

     

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  8. The Reticulator Member
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    Clifford A. Brown (View Comment):

    As Lucretia noted on the latest Three Whiskeys Happy Hour episode of the Power Line podcast, the FBI and DOJ ran the Whitmer fake investigation of an FBI created and led crime to successfully swing Michigan from reelecting President Trump to supposedly electing FJB.

    The misconduct was just as intentional as the misconduct in the earlier wrongful prosecution of Senator Stevens, timed and conducted to swing a crucial Senate seat to the Dems when they would never otherwise win that seat.

    So, really, the Deep State won in both cases. They got the desired results and did so in the justified confidence that they would not go to jail, or lose a law license, or face any other career and life damaging consequences.

     

    I wonder if this will affect any Republican votes on upcoming budgets (the only thing the Deep State understands).  

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  9. kedavis Coolidge
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    The Reticulator (View Comment):

    Clifford A. Brown (View Comment):

    As Lucretia noted on the latest Three Whiskeys Happy Hour episode of the Power Line podcast, the FBI and DOJ ran the Whitmer fake investigation of an FBI created and led crime to successfully swing Michigan from reelecting President Trump to supposedly electing FJB.

    The misconduct was just as intentional as the misconduct in the earlier wrongful prosecution of Senator Stevens, timed and conducted to swing a crucial Senate seat to the Dems when they would never otherwise win that seat.

    So, really, the Deep State won in both cases. They got the desired results and did so in the justified confidence that they would not go to jail, or lose a law license, or face any other career and life damaging consequences.

     

    I wonder if this will affect any Republican votes on upcoming budgets (the only thing the Deep State understands).

    The FBI and DOJ will claim they need more money – LOTS more money – to investigate the FBI and DOJ.

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  10. The Reticulator Member
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    kedavis (View Comment):

    The Reticulator (View Comment):

    Clifford A. Brown (View Comment):

    As Lucretia noted on the latest Three Whiskeys Happy Hour episode of the Power Line podcast, the FBI and DOJ ran the Whitmer fake investigation of an FBI created and led crime to successfully swing Michigan from reelecting President Trump to supposedly electing FJB.

    The misconduct was just as intentional as the misconduct in the earlier wrongful prosecution of Senator Stevens, timed and conducted to swing a crucial Senate seat to the Dems when they would never otherwise win that seat.

    So, really, the Deep State won in both cases. They got the desired results and did so in the justified confidence that they would not go to jail, or lose a law license, or face any other career and life damaging consequences.

     

    I wonder if this will affect any Republican votes on upcoming budgets (the only thing the Deep State understands).

    The FBI and DOJ will claim they need more money – LOTS more money – to investigate the FBI and DOJ.

    They always claim they need more money to fix their “mistakes.”

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  11. Flicker Coolidge
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    Bryan G. Stephens (View Comment):

    Victor Tango Kilo (View Comment):

    The Wordsmith, Kevin Williamson, leaps to the defense of the Deep State.

    The acquittal does not mean that the men did not do anything wrong, or even that they did not do what they are accused of; still less does it mean that the entire episode was, as some sympathizers say, a case of federal entrapment

    It means they are legally innocent.

    I guess getting a non guilty verdict means little to Kevin.

    Yes, this argument is strange because I’ve always heard otherwise sharp guys say that people were guilty, that is, we know they actually did the crime, because they were “proven guilty” by a jury.

    Nonetheless, words matter.  And juries “prove” nothing — just as determining anything “beyond a reasonable doubt” proves nothing.  Juries determine legal status, and that’s all: “guilty” or “not guilty” (and especially, not “innocence”).

    This is why we have 12 peer jurors who must unanimously determine legal guilt or not, rather that a single judge.  11 jurors with just one dissenter cannot make a determination of guilt; and this is a safeguard to everyone — because actual proof is rare (even DNA proof is not real proof, for a number of reasons).

    Now for anyone to argue that an acquittal by a jury of 12 is all of a sudden not proof of total innocence (which is was never intended to be) is little more than insinuation and rumormongering and, I think, violates the spirit of the American jury system.

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  12. Flicker Coolidge
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    The Reticulator (View Comment):

    Clifford A. Brown (View Comment):

    As Lucretia noted on the latest Three Whiskeys Happy Hour episode of the Power Line podcast, the FBI and DOJ ran the Whitmer fake investigation of an FBI created and led crime to successfully swing Michigan from reelecting President Trump to supposedly electing FJB.

    The misconduct was just as intentional as the misconduct in the earlier wrongful prosecution of Senator Stevens, timed and conducted to swing a crucial Senate seat to the Dems when they would never otherwise win that seat.

    So, really, the Deep State won in both cases. They got the desired results and did so in the justified confidence that they would not go to jail, or lose a law license, or face any other career and life damaging consequences.

    I wonder if this will affect any Republican votes on upcoming budgets (the only thing the Deep State understands).

    I think they own their pay keepers.

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