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Interesting stuff today materialized out of Ukraine. Ukraine, for those of you wearing face masks, is a nation that was vitally critical to US national interests right up to the point when President Trump’s impeachment charges were laughed out of a Senate that counts Mitt Romney among its members. Ukraine became a political battleground in the US because Joe Biden somehow managed to get his grifting, coke-sniffing, baby-daddy son a job on the board of a directors of a company in an industry with which he was not familiar in a country to which he has no family ties and can’t even speak the language of the rest of the board. Now debunked allegations that President Trump conditioned military assistance to Ukraine upon Ukraine investigating Joe Biden led to Trump’s kangaroo court session run by Jerry Nadler and the farcical Senate trial that followed.

Today some tapes were leaked by a Ukraine Member of Parliament named Andrii Derkach. Here are the tapes, in YouTube form, and here are key parts via Robby Starbuck on Twitter

All it took was the right person to notice

And the Biden campaign and their fluffers in the media literally beshat themselves

Joe Biden’s director of pudding…I mean ‘rapid response,’ the Truth Over Facts guy.

This from BuzzFeed News (hahahaha, learn to code, baby) European division

An ‘investigative journalist’ doing reverse jujitsu

One of Biden’s state directors

Another ‘investigative journalist’ and convicted felon

And concern trolling from some guy I never heard of affiliated with an organization that does heaven knows what

Here are the key points as I see them.

The tapes come from a guy who is a school-trained KGB thug so the possibility that they are doctored. There is also a possibility that they aren’t. In this case I think that the same credence need to be shown these tapes as our fearless media firefighters gave to the the Manafort “black ledger,” also from Ukraine, and to the Steele dossier, which was produced by FSB thugs. The tapes, doctored or not, fit, at a minimum, the standard Dan Rather set for the media with his Texas Air National Guard documents in 2004: fake but true. They dovetail perfectly with what we know about Biden’s efforts to shake down Ukraine for money for his kid and with what Biden told us himself about getting the prosecutor who was getting too close to Hunter Biden fired:

In other words, we are required to take these tapes at face value, assume they are true, and proceed accordingly.

What would the next step look like?

Well, with an ordinary American, like Donald Trump, we’d unleash the Intelligence Community and the FBI. We’d get FISA warrants on his kid…they could sell the recordings on PornHub and help write down part of the Wuhan stimulus package. We’d run undercover operatives against members of his campaign. We’d set up stings to entrap senior staffers. We’d leak lies to the press to discredit Biden. But Biden isn’t an ordinary American. He’s Democrat royalty. So we can’t really have a Justice Department and FBI controlled by President Trump investigate Biden. It would be gauche and unseemly. But we do have a solution. A special counsel. Department of Justice regulations say this about the appointment of a special counsel:

28 CFR § 600.1 – Grounds for appointing a Special Counsel.

§ 600.1 Grounds for appointing a Special Counsel.

The Attorney General, or in cases in which the Attorney General is recused, the Acting Attorney General, will appoint a Special Counsel when he or she determines that criminal investigation of a person or matter is warranted and –

(a) That investigation or prosecution of that person or matter by a United States Attorney’s Office or litigating Division of the Department of Justice would present a conflict of interest for the Department or other extraordinary circumstances; and

(b) That under the circumstances, it would be in the public interest to appoint an outside Special Counsel to assume responsibility for the matter.

I think we’re there. No other administration has ever carried out a criminal investigation of a candidate for president from another party and President Trump certainly wouldn’t want to be the first. Even though the tapes must be presumed true, we would be remiss in not giving Biden the benefit of the doubt and there is no better person to do that than a special counsel.

Author: Streiff

Source: Red State: Team Biden Panics As Leaked Ukraine Phone Calls May Require Appointment of a Special Counsel

One of the most unprincipled and dishonest members of Congress is about to get his long overdue comeuppance.

Back when the House Intelligence Committee still had professional and competent leadership and was focused on oversight of the Intelligence Community rather than a den of low IQ Machiavelli wannabes, back when actual hearings were conducted on actual issues rather than hanging on the words of a bewhiskered pencil-necked Eric Ciarmarella and a gravy-oozing Alexander Vindman, the committee conducted extensive interviews of 53 officials from the Intelligence Community, the FBI, and Justice to determine what evidence existed of any collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia (SPOILER ALERT: there was none). Once the interviews were finished, the committee unanimously voted to release the transcripts. The transcripts were forwarded to the office of the Director of National Intelligence for declassification review and redaction of sensitive information…which is anything that exposes national security information, sources and methods, or tends to expose the routine levels of duplicity and dumbf***ery that takes place within the intelligence agencies.

This is the list of witnesses:

That should have been the end of the story. But the vote took place in September 2018 and in November 2018 the House flipped and Adam Schiff became chairman of the committee. Since then, the transcripts have been in limbo. Neither Dan Coats nor his successor, Joseph Maguire, placed a very high priority on exposing the attempted coup against President Trump that was hatched by James Clapper and John Brennan and so the matter sort of went fallow.

Since then, though, a lot of things have happened. The Mueller report revealed the degree to which the entire investigation was a fraud designed to force Trump from office and, failing that, hamstring his ability to govern. Mueller’s major prosecution against Concord Catering has melted down. A failed attempt at impeachment was launched by Schiff. The Flynn guilty plea is totally discredited and all that remains is for the judge to toss the case or for Trump to issue a pardon. Devin Nunes’s investigation into the Carter Page FISA warrants has been totally vindicated and Schiff’s memo defending the warrants has been shown to be a series of lies detached from any relationship to the truth. More importantly, the Steele Dossier, which Schiff fluffed for four years, has been revealed to be an utter fabrication and known as such since before Mueller was appointed special counsel. And a fairly extensive purge of the office of the Director of National Intelligence has removed the bollards who covered for bad actors and installed former Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell as director. Adam Schiff was not pleased to see his cabal of allies at DNI shown the door.

Even though we know the declassification process is complete, Schiff took it upon himself to abrogate a vote by the House Intelligence Committee and order the DNI to not release the transcripts to anyone including the White House or Department of Justice.

Unsuprisingly, it didn’t take long for Schiff and Grenell to openly clash. Schiff tried to interfere in the internal management of the DNI and received a public humiliation that is rarely visited upon a committee chairman.

This seems to have emboldened Republican members of the House Intelligence Committee and yesterday they made a public demand for the release of the transcripts.

Now Grenell has weighed in on the issue. In a letter obtained by the Washington Examiner’s Byron York, Grenell has told Schiff the documents are going to be released no matter how many angry memos Schiff writes:

Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell has sent a letter to chairman Adam Schiff notifying him that transcripts of all 53 interviews, over 6,000 pages in all, have been cleared for public release. “All of the transcripts, with our required redactions, can be released to the public without any concerns of disclosing classified material,” Grenell wrote to Schiff in a letter dated May 4.

In the letter, Grenell revealed that the 43 transcripts have been finished since June 2019. Schiff has been sitting on them all that time. Grenell said the final ten have just been finished as well. “I urge you to honor your previous public statements, and your committee’s unanimous vote on this matter, to release all 53 cleared transcripts to Members of Congress and the American public as soon as possible,” Grenell said. Just in case Schiff is still not interested, Grenell added, “I am also willing to release the transcripts directly from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, as to ensure we comply with the unanimous and bipartisan vote to release the transcripts.”

This is long overdue and the transcripts, as everyone knows, will show that no one anywhere in the government had anything that could be mistaken for evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. What they will also show is the extent to which Schiff was willing to tell lies to the media and to the public and to his colleagues in order to forward his personal agenda of trying to overthrow the President of the United States.

Author: Streiff

Source: Red State: Richard Grenell to Adam Schiff: Either Release Hidden Transcripts or I Will Do It for You

As Rahm Emanuel famously said, “never let a crisis go to waste.” You can see that axiom in action minute by minute by the leftists driving the conversation in Washington, D.C. and the media. There is a spending bill pending on Capitol Hill that is a grotesque monstrosity of spend-spend-spend for no other reason than to provide political cover for politicians who feel the overwhelming need to “do something.” Even though the money in this bill will not begin to be made available until well after the Wuhan panic recedes, it still provides for all manner of pet leftwing programs, like government-paid child care (wait…aren’t we all supposed to be home social-distancing and self-quarantining?) that will be portrayed as “cuts” by the left once the spending authority for these perks goes away.

This stuff is all minor compared to what is becoming the real agenda. That agenda has as its goal the deliberate destruction of American faith in our current economic system that is based on market forces and not on central planning.

New York Mayor Bill DeBlasio has gone so far as to demand that federal government take over the “supply chain” and, seemingly, the “means of production” right along with it.

We’re playing a huge game of catch up in this country. Let me say it very bluntly, the federal government, at least the last few days, has started to come alive and do something. But we are so far behind. We need massive testing capacity all over the country, particularly in the most affected areas. We need the federal government to take over the supply chain right now. Right now, we have to make sure that the places in this country that need more ventilators, that need surgical masks, that need hand sanitizer, that, that is a federalized dynamic, where those factories that produce those goods are put on 24/7 shifts and those goods are distributed where they’re needed most as we would in wartime.

The assertion that empty shelves or hoarding can cause capitalism to fail is just stupid. Sure, those shelves are empty right now but a) customers have the product at home and will use it and b) in a day or so, those shelves won’t be empty because a truck will arrive with more product from factories that will be responding to increased demand. People who bought large quantities of toilet paper won’t, absent some sort of fetish, go out and stock up on still more. In short, because roads are open and most places still working, there is no real fear that supplies of anything will run out. If the demand persists then rationing via price increases takes place until this madness passes.

DeBlasio’s demand for the federal government to assume control of factory production and product distribution is not only madness that has failed 100% of the times it has been tried but, fortunately, is impossible under our system of government.

This, like a lot of the writing surrounding the Wuhan virus, is shameless scaremongering and an attempt to bootstrap social and economic policies into a transient epidemic that will not significantly affect well over 80% of the people who eventually contract the virus. My view is that a lot of the panic created by the media, beyond that generated with the obvious agenda of causing political damage to President Trump, has the purpose of undermining confidence in our current governance with a view of imposing a more centralized economic system and a form of failed socialism.

Author: Streiff

Source: Red State: The Left Is Pushing Empty Shelves Caused by Wuhan Virus Panic Buying as an Excuse for Socialism

On Friday, President Trump gave the press conference that should have been given Wednesday night. It was confident, it showed the administration had not only done its homework but it had a fairly detailed plan to deal with the Wuhan virus. Not only were top administrators and scientists present, also on hand were the CEOs of major corporations with a significant community presence, like WalMart and CVS, to pledge their assistance in the national effort. Here’s the whole news conference cued up to the beginning:

One of the elements of the speech was this:

“I want to thank Google. Google is helping to develop a website. It is going to be very quickly done, unlike websites of the past, to determine whether a test is warranted and to facilitate testing at a nearby convenient location.

“We have many, many locations behind us, by the way. We cover the — this country and a large part of the world. By the way, we’re not talking about the world right now. But we cover very — very strongly our country, stores in virtually every location. Google has 1,700 engineers working on this right now. They’ve made tremendous progress.”

This is huge. Google has more computing power…and a better work ethic…than CDC or any other federal agency. Getting them on the team was a big get particularly since Google is well-known to be Ground Zero of Trump Hate in Big Tech.

This is how the media reacted.

Google has responded:

This has left egg on the face of the people who jumped the gun simply to be able to call President Trump a liar. In the case of Brian Stelter, his fat face took a lot of eggs.

Why would the media run with this falsehood in the midst of a just-declared ‘national emergency?’ The answer is pretty obvious. When one compares this media frenzy to similar viral epidemics over the last decade, one is struck by the deliberate panic-mongering among the media and the number of articles about Wuhan virus that have as their complete focus how this will hurt President Trump and how this is his “Hurricane Katrina” or even his “Chernobyl.” When it became obvious that his press conference on Friday had stabilized jittery financial markets and was being well received everywhere outside major newsrooms, something had to be done to at least temporarily blunt the effect. Never mind that the objections would be debunked…the media would really have to report the debunking before most of American would hear about it. It was a cheap and gratuitous hit that put a political agenda above the well-being of the country and the safety of Americans.

Much has been said about President Trump labeling #FakeNews as the enemy of the people. But, based on what we’ve seen of the media in action thus far, you really need to ask yourself, “if the media really were the enemy of the people how would their actions differ from what we’re seeing right now?”

Author: Streiff

Source: Red State: Contrary to Reports, Google Confirms It Is Working With the Trump Administration to Help Track Wuhan Virus Outbreaks

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