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Surely Congress and the President care at least as much about children as they do about the environment. Is a school shooting at least as terrible as an oil spill? Then why do public officials, including military commanders, face personal liability for violations of environmental law, while law enforcement leaders face no real personal consequences […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are glad to see the inspector general at the Justice Department taking his job seriously as reports surface that his forthcoming report will be highly critical of former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. While they sympathize with President Trump’s desire to fix trade imbalances, they fear new steel and aluminum tariffs will have a negative impact on American consumers and the economy. And they slam Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer for announcing his opposition to a judicial nominee because the nominee is white and President Obama’s previous nominees were black.

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The FBI admitted today that it didn’t investigate a specific tip that Nikolas Cruz might conduct a school shooting.

On January 5, a person close to the 19-year-old shooter provided information about “Cruz’s gun ownership, desire to kill people, erratic behavior and disturbing social-media posts, as well as the potential of him conducting a school shooting.” The FBI ignored the warning.

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Scott Adam’s latest Periscope is at https://www.periscope.tv/ScottAdamsSays/1rmxPmWqdkmKN Adams admitted that he was now changing his whole story and that he agrees with Ann Coulter that a coup attempt is the right thing to call it: More

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America welcome a new Politico/Morning Consult poll showing more Americans now plan to vote for a Republican congressional candidate than for a Democrat, which is a big swing since in recent weeks. They also roll their eyes as Democrats and pundits fret that President Trump hasn’t given specific orders for the FBI to thwart Russian attempts to meddle in the midterm elections, when FBI Director Christopher Wray says they are on the case because it is their job after all. And they look at the Valentine’s Day tradition of columns by liberal women blaming men for their own relationship frustrations and the decline of modern romance.

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Remember the good ol’ days when agencies like the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Justice were admired and held in high esteem? It does seem to be a very long time ago, especially when we are living in times when lies, redactions, exemptions, and distortions are the terms that now describe the work of these agencies, as well as other agencies. Why should we trust any of them? Based on my research, we have even less reason currently to rely on their information than any time in my lifetime. To understand these circumstances, it’s helpful first to see how redactions are supposed to be made.

Redaction is a term that is often used for editing documents to protect national security and the privacy of citizens. There is a Redaction Code that describes which portions of a given document must be hidden from the general public. At first glance, the code seems to be clear and practical. I discovered, however, that the Code is nearly meaningless.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America relish enjoy watching the credibility of the Steele dossier implode even further now that disreputable Clinton fixer Sid Blumenthal is being implicated for feeding information to Steele. They also shake their heads as President Trump says he would love a government shutdown unless he gets his way on border security just weeks after Republicans successfully convinced Americans that funding the government should not be contingent upon passing an immigration bill. And they have no problem honoring the U.S. military with a parade as President Trump wants to do, but Jim says there are more pressing national security concerns, including long-term funding and pay raises.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of National Review welcome transparency about our government, most recently the disturbing revelations about the FBI’s allegedly sloppy and politically charged approach to obtaining a FISA warrant to conduct surveillance on Trump campaign figure Carter Page. They also roll their eyes as partisans on both sides react to the memo, including Democrats who see nothing wrong with the FBI allegedly using a dossier as evidence without confirming its veracity and not telling the FISA court it was paid for by Democrats and Republicans insisting this means the Mueller investigation must be shut down immediately when the memo’s author says that is not his conclusion at all. And they’re thrilled to see the New England Patriots lose the Super Bowl, but shake their heads in disgust as Philadelphia fans destroy property, flip cars, and engage in other revolting behavior.

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As we get closer to the release of the memo that elements of the DOJ and FBI have their knickers in a twist about, there is a new and interesting line of argument being advanced by opponents of its release. More

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Can’t keep track of the ever-changing Russiagate/FBI story? Gabriel Malor joins us for “MemoGate 101.”

Brandon Morse from RedState.com on how the best performance for Republicans this week was delivered by the Democrats.

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I retired from the FBI almost 20 years ago after about 30 years as an agent. I have no inside information about what is going on in the FBI but, like most of us, have been following the recent troubling news and struggling to figure out what the hell is going on with the FBI that I thought I knew so well.

Since it is fundamental to the FBI culture that agents never allow politics to influence their investigations, the facts that have emerged recently are troubling. Deputy Director Andrew McCabe has been removed after a storm of criticism over two highly charged political cases. Two senior FBI employees, Lisa Page, an FBI attorney, and Peter Strzok, an agent and key member of the investigative teams that were involved in these two important investigations of our political leaders, Secretary Clinton and President Trump, exchanged text messages that reveal strong political bias. At least one of those investigations, the one involving Mrs. Clinton, was deeply flawed.

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Monday night Fox News reporter Sara Carter said that the sudden departure of Andrew McCabe as the Number Two G-Man is related to charges being investigated by the Justice Department’s Inspector General that he ordered agents investigating Affaire d’EMail to alter their post-interview filings (Form 302) to conform to the outcome of the case that […]

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The nation is awash in conspiracy theories. The left says that Donald Trump conspired with the Russians. The right is saying the FBI has (and is) conspiring against the President. Everyone is decrying it on one level or another. On the GOP side Bret Stephens of The New York Times calls the worries over the […]

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From the FBI to Sen. Ron Johnson (R–WI):

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Chatting before the much-anticipated Senate vote to end the government shutdown, Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are glad to see Democrats feeling the heat on refusing to fund the government and taking some steps to get things fully up and running, but they also warn listeners what Democrats and some Republicans really want in an immigration bill to go along with reopening the government. They also don’t believe the FBI’s explanation that it somehow lost five critical months worth of text messages from Peter Strzok, the agent fired form the Mueller special counsel team and bragged about an “insurance policy” against a Trump victory. And they also call BS on the explanation from Sen. Rand Paul’s neighbor for attacking Paul, namely that the senator was assaulted from behind and had five ribs broken because he was stacking brush close to their shared property line.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Just How Corrupt is the FBI? – Numéro Trois

 

Well, I’ve posed this question earlier in Just How Corrupt is the FBI? and Just How Corrupt is the FBI – Part Deux and perhaps at long last we’re about to find out (and perhaps the title of this piece should really be: Just How Corrupt is the FBI, the DOJ and the CIA?) In the past, roughly 48 hours, several Republican congressmen have announced that a four-page memo, compiled by House Intelligence Committee chairman, Devin Nunes and other Republicans on the committee, includes new and quite damaging information that substantiates previous suspicions articulated by representatives Jim Jordan (Ohio), Matt Gaetz (Florida), and others that certain individuals in the Department of Justice and the FBI colluded and conspired to undermine the Trump presidential campaign and subvert the will of the American electorate that put him into office. Members of Congress in both the Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham interviews (below), cannot name the individuals at the heart of the matter because the document has been labeled “classified”.

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Episode 90 of Whiskey Politics welcomes back John Fund to discuss the Michael Wolff book, which has sucked all the oxygen out of the room. Yet, in Michael Wolff’s own words he stated he isn’t sure everything he wrote is true. We discuss the other little-reported news, namely the DOJ has reopened the Uranium One/Clinton Foundation pay-for-play scheme, and the email investigation of Hillary Clinton. John is a columnist at Fox News and the National Review and can be found @JohnFund on Twitter.

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A tragic train wreck in Seattle, while the GOP Congress appears to be avoiding one of their own on today’s tax bill vote.

Why are liberals obsessed with spending billions of tax dollars on the cutting edge technology of the 19th century?

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What have they been thinking? Given the latest revelations about Peter Strzok, his lover Lisa Page, Andrew McCabe, Bruce Ohr and his wife — how is it possible that Comey and then Mueller weren’t aware of their attitudes and agenda? Either these characters were so skilled at pulling the wool over their supervisors’ eyes, or their supervisors were incredibly naive, or their supervisors knew exactly what they were doing. Any of those scenarios is alarming. The House Intelligence and Judiciary Committees need answers and they need to hold the DoJ and the FBI in contempt if they don’t get them. The spotlight on corruption, collusion and obstruction of justice is pointed in the wrong direction and that was the original intent of the embedded Clinton operatives involved.

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