Tag: FBI

Join Jim and Greg as they weigh in the second day of House Republicans at odds over whether Kevin McCarthy should be Speaker of the House. What is the end game of the McCarthy opponents? Will they force a more conservative speaker or will we get one that’s worse? They also thank Elon Musk and Matt Taibbi for exposing more details of how the FBI and other government entities aggressively pushed Twitter to suspend many accounts from 2017 forward. Are we not at a clear First Amendment issue on this story? And they applaud Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for his inaugural address that articulates a conservative vision on many issues quite well.

Happy New Year! Jim and Greg are back to their usual format but kick off the year with three crazy martinis after discussing the cardiac arrest of Buffalo Bills defensive back Damar Hamlin Monday night. They dig into the chaos within the House GOP conference as Kevin McCarthy fails to win enough votes to become Speaker of the House on the first ballot. They also wince as the Islamic extremist who attacked police with a machete in Times Square on New Year’s Eve was on the FBI’s radar. And they hammer the media for burying the story once the motive was known. Finally, they roll their eyes as a New York Times column argues people need to be looking for shorter mates so they can have shorter children who will be less of a strain on our planet.

Happy New Year!  Jim and Greg start the new year by closing out the awards season for last year. Today, they give our their prestigious choices for Person of the Year, with Jim focusing on the midterm elections and Greg thinking about a moment that took almost 50 years to come. Then they reveal their selections for Turncoat of the Year, as Jim zeroes in on presidential politics and Greg goes with people in government doing the exact opposite of their job description.  Finally, they offer up predictions for 2023. One of them is optimistic and one of them most certainly is not.

Thanks for listening! Our usual 3 Martini Lunch format returns on Tuesday.

Join Jim and Greg as they react to the news that former FBI General Counsel Jim Baker was trying to prevent reporters Matt Taibbi and Bari Weiss from seeing certain documents related to Twitter’s spiking of the Hunter Biden laptop story in 2020. They also dissect Sen. Warnock’s win over Herschel Walker in the Georgia Senate runoff and lament that there seem to be no consequences for any major GOP figure for terrible midterm results. And they fume as Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon informs his prosecutors to lessen charges against criminals to prevent suspects from facing deportation.

The Biden DOJ Comes for the Pro-Lifers

 

Some people cheered when people who protested at the Capitol on January 6, 2021, were rounded up by the FBI,  thrown into jail, kept for months without charges, denied bail and access to counsel, and sentenced to long prison terms from trespassing charges of the type routinely dismissed for left-wing protesters. These same people will be delighted to learn that the Biden/Garland DOJ is now extending this treatment to people who protest in front of abortion clinics.

Last week, the FBI sent a SWAT team in a dawn raid to arrest a pro-life protester, even though his lawyer had already negotiated an agreement for him to turn himself in peacefully.  Eleven more were arrested this week as the radical left Biden DOJ continues its crackdown on political opponents.

When the FBI Shows Up at Your Door . . .

 

Why would the FBI come to your house?

There are a number of possible reasons.  They range from the possibility that they are looking for someone who does not live there anymore, to looking for information about another person, to looking to interview a target or even make an arrest. Perhaps you were at home, and the FBI agent has told you some things about your connection to the investigation and you are wondering if you can take the agent’s statements at face value. Or, perhaps you have already agreed to speak with federal agents, and you are wondering if you have made a grievous error.

Meet FBI Agent Steve Friend

 

This week, you may have missed this blockbuster story by Miranda Devine in the New York Post. It’s labeled as “opinion,” but it reads more like a report from an investigative reporter, which she is. If half of what former FBI agent Steven Friend alleges is true, the top of the FBI is indeed a corrupt place, and its cancer has spread to field offices.

After Miranda, author of “Laptop from Hell,” originally broke the Hunter Biden laptop story in October 2020 – just before the election – fifty former intelligence agency heads and experts rushed to exclaim, “Russian disinformation.” Facebook, other social media sites, and major news outlets rushed to censor it. Twitter suspended the New York Post’s account. Each signatory has jettisoned their credibility, if not their integrity.

Who Needs a KGB When We Have Facebook?

 

Quick virtue signal: I quit Facebook over their brutal lack of integrity long before the Trumpian Age, but wow. I am amazed at the churches and whatnot that still maintain a presence there, luring their flocks into the Big Tech abattoir. But I digress even prior to making any progress.

From the New York Post:

If the FBI Asks, Do You Answer?

 

I was a student traveling in an airport when three men with FBI credentials stopped me and asked me about a foreign national I had just spoken to. I explained that he was a professor at my university whom I had happened to run into. I was running a personal server in the late ’90s when I received a call from an FBI agent regarding a fraud complaint related to my domain name. I provided the agent with the details of the DNS features I used to assure that responsible ISPs will block email using my domain name but originating from an unauthorized IP address. The agent took copious notes and I never heard any more about the matter. And then there was the time they called to ask me questions about a coworker who tried to blackmail me using baseless accusations.

While I have never been naive about the FBI, in each of these occasions, I was presented with natural law enforcement concerns and engaged the situation respectfully and constructively. I am not sure I could do that today. The sheer dishonesty of the FBI’s public conduct suggests any trust in the FBI pursuing its law enforcement mission is misplaced.

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Join Jim and Greg as they welcome the news that badly outspent GOP candidates are getting an infusion of $160 million from Mitch McConnell’s Super PAC for the final push to November. They also shudder as Fed Chairman Jerome Powell says he will be acting aggressively to rein in inflation but that many people will feel “pain” in the meantime. And they hammer the FBI after Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg tells Joe Rogan how the Bureau told Facebook to be on the lookout to confront expected Russian disinformation. That led Facebook to limit the reach of posts related to the Hunter Biden laptop story.

Best Theory Yet on the Mar-A-Lago Raid

 

Andy McCarthy makes a good argument in the NY Post that the raid on Mar-A-Lago was an industrial-scale fishing expedition. For exactly what, I don’t know. I don’t think the DoJ knows either.

The left is terrified by the thought of PDT v2 (or PRDS, but they aren’t nearly as ready to act against him. DeSantis will have to wait, for now.) The Jan. 6 hearings are an embarrassing flop — they won’t stop Trump that way without something new.

FBI Let Off the Hook—Again

 

It seems that a “gross mishandling” of information,” violation of “multiple policies,” “mishandling of evidence,” and essentially enabling a man who sexually abused at least 40 women and girls does not warrant trying to pursue criminal charges against FBI agents. Even though USA national gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar continued his heinous acts after the FBI was informed, the agents (except for one who was fired and one who retired) will not be held accountable for their actions (or lack thereof). Three times the authorities have tried to find reasons to prosecute and have failed each time.

In the case of Nassar, the FBI Inspector General was outraged by his actions, and the lack of response by the FBI. There has been handwringing aplenty and condemnation by legislators:

The inspector general’s office found that ‘despite the extraordinarily serious nature’ of the claims against Nassar, FBI officials in Indianapolis did not respond with the ‘utmost seriousness and urgency that the allegations deserved and required.’

Join Jim and Greg as they welcome good poll numbers for Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin and strong support for much of his agenda. They also shudder as Sen. Chuck Grassley unveils more evidence that the FBI actively covered up allegations against Hunter Biden during the 2020 campaign. And they point out the insanity of Maryland election law allowing mail-in ballots to arrive 10 days after election day – and fear this could create tremendous controversy if it happens in key races around the country this year.

 

Former federal prosecutor Andrew C. McCarthy is in for Jim today. Andy and Greg try to figure out why police would wait 40 minutes before entering the Texas elementary school when they there was carnage unfolding inside. They also slam Beto O’Rourke for trying to score political points by interrupting the governor’s press conference in Uvalde on Wednesday. And McCarthy brings us up to speed on the Durham investigation into the origins of the Russian collusion narrative, and he explains why Michael Sussmann may be acquitted even though it’s patently obvious that he lied to the FBI.

Join Jim and Greg as they break down the latest polling on the Senate race in Nevada which has Republican Adam Laxalt ahead of incumbent Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto. They also shake their heads in response to news that Frank James, the suspect in the subway shooting in Brooklyn, was on the FBI’s radar as recently as 2019. This incident is only the latest in a string of cases where the perpetrator was known to the agency before they committed violent actions. And after two weeks, it is obvious that CNN+, CNN’s new premium streaming service, is a pathetic failure with an average viewership of only 10,000 viewers a day.

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

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Join Jim and Greg as they welcome new Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin and applaud him following up on his campaign promises on his very first day. They also credit the FBI for a successful resolution to the hostage crisis at a Texas synagogue on Saturday but then fume as the bureau, the media, and the president claim the motive for the incident is a mystery. And they hammer the Salt Lake Tribune for suggesting the national guard should be called in to make sure the unvaccinated never leave their homes.