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Our Chief Historian Sam Jacobs had the fortunate opportunity to speak with author and former ATF agent, Vincent Cefalu. For those of you that might not know — Vincent Cefalu is best known as the primary whistleblower who exposed Operation Fast and Furious and Project Gunrunner to the American public. More

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Can we talk about Eric Ciaramella?

 

Can we talk about Eric Ciaramella

Serious question: Where are we allowed to talk about alleged Ukraine whistleblower Eric Ciaramella? It seems like so few are doing so even though he is one of the final missing pieces of the puzzle at the conclusion of the impeachment saga, a loose end that won’t seem to go away.

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“Are you aware that House intelligence committee staffer Shawn Misko had a close relationship with Eric Ciaramella while at the National Security Council together? “ This was the question that Sen. Rand Paul attempted to ask during the impeachment hearings. Chief Justice Roberts refused to read the question. There is no requirement under the law […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Complaint to Intelligence Community Inspector General Regarding “Whistleblower”

 

A few days ago attorneys for an anonymous client filed a complaint with the Intelligence Community Inspector General alleging that the so-called whistleblower that sparked the current impeachment frenzy has illegally benefited financially. The “whistleblower,” who has been identified by RealClearInvestigations as an Obama Administration holdover from John Brennan’s CIA named Eric Ciaramella, has raised about $250,000 from a GoFundMe page set up by his far-Left attorney Mark Zaid. (Zaid tweeted shortly after Trump’s inauguration that a “coup” had begun.) Read the new complaint below via FoxNews’ Scribd account.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. What’s My Lyin’

 

I was in D.C. for my annual speech to the International Mensa Convocation when my longtime friend, attorney, and part-time oenophile, E. Hobart Calhoun, invited me to join him on the front row for a live presentation of the House Democracks’ hot new game show, What’s My Lyin’?

E. had just been named as the 78th member of President Big D’s impeachment defense team. As low man on Big D’s lawyer totem pole, E. had been dispatched to monitor the hit show, where panelists try to guess the contestant’s occupation.

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I believe that President Trump’s conversation with the Ukrainian president was legitimate diplomacy, and should never have become the subject of a whistleblower complaint. I further believe that since the president doesn’t work for the Intelligence Community, the DNI and the ICIG have no jurisdiction to even consider the complaint. I also believe that this […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Schiff Knew of Ukraine Whistleblower’s Complaint Before It Was Filed

 

The New York Times has reported that Trump bête noire Rep. Adam Schiff (D–CA) knew about the Ukraine whistleblower’s complaint before it was filed. This revelation gives the president’s supporters more evidence that the anonymous CIA officer’s filing is a partisan effort.

Two weeks ago, Schiff claimed on MSNBC that he hadn’t spoken with the whistleblower. Well, his phrasing was a bit more lawyerly than that:

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. The 40-Year Itch

 

TrumpRoadrunnerIt has been 40 plus years since we last took a firehose to the stables of the “intelligence community.” Human being are still fallen, not new and improved. Our institutions, our creations, reflect our individual and collective limitations, our flaws. All conservatives used to know this, with the phrase “if men were angels…” not so far in the back of mind. Yet, for the past two decades, we have been treated to the doubtful claim that we can trust all our government employees to be faithful and wise servants.* The past few years, at least since the IRS assault on the Tea Party, have provided significant evidence to the contrary, and suggest that we need something like new Church Committee hearings.

The acting Director of National Intelligence, Joseph Maguire, implausibly testified to Congress that the “whistleblower” had integrity and no political intent. Anyone who read the declassified complaint, even without reading the telephone conversation memorialization, knew this was disingenuous nonsense. As has been laid out since Maguire’s testimony, this complaint was obviously fabricated by a lawyer or team of lawyers, not an ordinary CIA officer.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America take note of how it took less than 48 hours for Democrats to turn the impeachment process into a farce as House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff opened Thursday’s hearing with a stunningly twisted version of the transcript documenting the Trump-Zelensky phone call in July. They also walk through the declassified whistleblower report and point out what is likely to matter most as this process moves along. And they get a kick out of Elizabeth Warren changing her mind on whether it’s OK for the children of vice presidents to sit on the boards of foreign companies.

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If the former vice president that had an atypical relationship with a Ukrainian oil company was Dick Cheney instead of Joe Biden, would Trump’s actions be inappropriate? Just askin’. More

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Join Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America as they serve up the final martinis of the week. First, they welcome the whimpering conclusion of the pointless presidential campaign of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. They also pop the popcorn as as Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says no senators support Beto O’Rourke’s mandatory buyback program for AR-15’s and other weapons and O’Rourke fires back by saying that Schumer has accomplished nothing on guns. And as the whistleblower story offers a few more details and now seems to feature Joe Biden, Jim expertly peels back the layers to discuss what Trump did, what Biden did and what it all means.

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It’s all crazy martinis today! Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America start with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau found to have used blackface on at least three occasions but the maddening part is how the left is urging everyone to calm down with respect to Trudeau when they would have cast a non-leftist to the wolves and even Trudeau himself says these sorts of stories ought to be judges on a case by case basis. They also wait for more information after reports say an intelligence whistleblower is accusing Trump of making a shocking promise to a world leader. Is this a major scandal in the making or just more media hyperventilation? And let’s just say they’re severely underwhelmed as House Republicans make repealing Obamacare and reducing the national debt their priorities if voters return to the majority – particularly when they did neither when they had the chance in the first two years of the Trump administration.

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Ok, now, firstly, a caveat: This come from an interview he gave with The Moscow Tribune. I have no idea how reputable this publication is. The only English-language sites I’ve seen where the story’s been picked up are somewhat … I guess “sketchy” would be the word I’d choose? Still, it appears to be a […]

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