The number of people who were harmed by this man is horrifying. The number of people who KNEW about this man is even more horrifying!
Listen, Hollywood is filled with loose morals and men and woman doing what they think they have to do to get a break. None of that makes it right. But outside the damage to the people, which is profound and unforgivable, there is the fact that this person (and I’m sure many others- like Bryan Singer) has given America a “STFU” card they can use on Hollywood every time one of those moralistic idiots runs their mouth about woman’s rights, how conservatives are abusive to women, or whatever clap trap that comes along.
One of them gets going just look dead at them and say “Weinstein” and walk away.
They knew. But it is, and has always been, about the power and access. What’s a few starlets, right guys?
How bad is this guy? There are dozens of women coming forward now, stretching back to the nineties? Worse, the men in Hollywood knew. They had to. It was their co-stars and girlfriends who were subject to the abuse. Even Brad Pitt told Weinstein if he kept it up with his girlfriend at the time he was going to give Weinstein a “Missouri whooping”. Yet everyone kept right on working with him, making him richer and more powerful and more dangerous. PJ Media talks about what a real man is like, hint- not these guys.
It seems that Weinstein’s behavior was an open secret in Hollywood; it’s highly likely that many of those saying they knew nothing about his proclivities were actually well aware of them. Through it all, we’ve seen only a handful of cases of anyone doing or saying anything.
Brad Pitt is reported to have threatened Weinstein with a “Missouri whooping” after the producer pulled his act with Pitt’s then-girlfriend Gwyneth Paltrow. Seth MacFarlane admits a joke he made at Weinstein’s expense while hosting the Oscars was made out of malice.
That’s about it.
Pitt did nothing else about Weinstein — he even worked with him on projects later. I’d be willing to give MacFarlane a pass because he only admits to knowing one of the victims, one who asked him not to retaliate in any way.
In all of Hollywood, those are about the only cases we see of any man being willing to stand up to Weinstein in any way, and they did nothing particularly meaningful.
Ronan Farrow , on the other hand, did something meaningful. He put the piece together. NBC tanked it because they felt it didn’t have enough “there there”, which of course is crap. This is a good article and very accurate to what people like Weinstein do. Here is a piece of the article dealing with the NYPD and DA aftermath. The DA decided not to prosecute, even though it was a decent case. Power provides privilege. The DA, Cyrus Vance Jr, said there wasn’t enough evidence. Then after he refusal, the lawyer for Weinstein gave Vance Jr a large campaign contribution. Nice work if you can find it I guess…
It also highlights what TMZ found out. Weinstein was so bad at this the company WROTE it in his contract!
Two sources close to the police investigation of Weinstein said that they had no reason to doubt Gutierrez’s account of the incident. One of them, a police source, said that the department had collected more than enough evidence to prosecute Weinstein. But the other said that Gutierrez’s statements about her past complicated the case for the office of the Manhattan District Attorney, Cyrus Vance, Jr. After two weeks of investigation, the D.A.’s office decided not to file charges. The office declined to comment on this story but pointed me to its statement at the time: “This case was taken seriously from the outset, with a thorough investigation conducted by our Sex Crimes Unit. After analyzing the available evidence, including multiple interviews with both parties, a criminal charge is not supported.”
“We had the evidence,” the police source involved in the operation told me. “It’s a case that made me angrier than I thought possible, and I have been on the force a long time.”
Gutierrez, when contacted for this story, said that she was unable to discuss the incident. Someone close to the matter told me that, after the D.A.’s office decided not to press charges, Gutierrez, facing Weinstein’s legal team, and in return for a payment, signed a highly restrictive nondisclosure agreement with Weinstein, including an affidavit stating that the acts he admits to in the recording never happened.
Weinstein’s use of such settlements was reported by the Times and confirmed to me by numerous people. A former employee with firsthand knowledge of two settlement negotiations that took place in London in the nineteen-nineties recalled, “It felt like David versus Goliath . . . the guy with all the money and the power flexing his muscle and quashing the allegations and getting rid of them.”
TMZ is privy to Weinstein’s 2015 employment contract, which says if he gets sued for sexual harassment or any other “misconduct” that results in a settlement or judgment against TWC, all Weinstein has to do is pay what the company’s out, along with a fine, and he’s in the clear.
According to the contract, if Weinstein “treated someone improperly in violation of the company’s Code of Conduct,” he must reimburse TWC for settlements or judgments. Additionally, “You [Weinstein] will pay the company liquidated damages of $250,000 for the first such instance, $500,000 for the second such instance, $750,000 for the third such instance, and $1,000,000 for each additional instance.”
The contract says as long as Weinstein pays, it constitutes a “cure” for the misconduct and no further action can be taken. Translation — Weinstein could be sued over and over and as long as he wrote a check, he keeps his job.
The contract has specific language as to when the Board of Directors can fire Weinstein — if he’s indicted or convicted of a crime, but that doesn’t apply here.
There’s another provision … he can be fired for “the perpetuation by you [Weinstein] of a material fraud against the company.” The question … where’s the fraud? Lance Maerov, the board member who negotiated Weinstein’s 2015 contract, said in an interview — and we’ve confirmed — the Board knew Weinstein had settled prior lawsuits brought by various women, but they “assumed” it was to cover up consensual affairs. The Board’s assumption does not constitute fraud on Weinstein’s part.
NBC is going to have to let the head guy go that tanked the article. Sooner or later it will come out he was complicit in the denial and somehow the girls who were in this article were identified by Weinstein’s lawyers. Which means somebody probably told on them….?
All of this boils down to the fact Hollywood loves to lecture you on your morality and “Toxic masculinity” when in fact the greatest offenders ARE the Hollywood elite.
So next time someone on the Left says something just look at them and reply “Weinstein.”
This post has been edited to allow for the updates from last week until this week – things have changed.
There was an interview with a local reporter in Vegas talking about their Sheriff. The young reporter said that Sheriff Lombardo had made a point to be as frank and transparent as he could since taking control of the department. However, there are now problems with the time line that made the conspiracy nuts have a field day. Worse, the political issues are now coming to the forefront.
The problem the Sheriff has is he let the FBI trot him out to be the spokesman while they “took control” of the investigation and promptly mucked it up. Which is not surprising, considering the political animal the FBI has become.
TCTH has two posts. One is the latest on the time line the police keep managing to get wrong. The other is TCTH just reflecting the frustration of what many feel. Why the police do not tell the truth when it is far better to do so is maddening. Especially here. However, there is a reason for all this, and it’s called politics.
After reviewing the latest press conference by Las Vegas Sheriff Joseph Lombardo a few issues rise to the surface. America doesn’t need tears – America needs answers.
First, on the matter of Lombardo’s defensive act, and anger toward people creating alternate theories to reconcile their official contradictions. It is ridiculous for law enforcement (2 weeks post shooting) to claim they want the public’s help, and yet simultaneously hold press briefings where they refuse to answer questions.
If they want the “alternate theories” to stop – then simply deliver honest and accurate information. It has been two weeks. For the FBI and LVMPD to claim they cannot yet present a valid and reasonable sequence of events in the worst mass shooting in U.S. history is abjectly indefensible. Apparently the internal definition of “public servant” has been lost.
If there are, as continually claimed, NO ADDITIONAL “subjects of interest”, or “additional actors”, in the crime – there is no reasonable excuse for not providing information.
It then becomes further ridiculous for the same sheriff to direct his ire against those who seek information from law enforcement, yet simultaneously claim a desire for transparency and refuse to answer reasonable questions. These mutually exclusive statements and behaviors do not reconcile.
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police leadership are creating a public spotlight of ineptitude and malfeasance upon themselves; no-one else is to blame. LVMPD is doing this to themselves. It has been two weeks since the shooting.
The Sheriff isn’t “doing it to himself” exactly. What has happened is he allowed himself and his department to get swept up into the politics of the FBI.
In a conversation with my ex-partner, who worked with them for long time, I was reminded exactly why it is happening the way it is. First, the FBI furiously guards its self proclaimed reputation of being the premier law enforcement agency in the world. The truth is they are not. Their ability comes more from just being big and having the power of government behind them rather than their street level investigative skills.
In fact, as my friend pointed out, the average patrolman from a mid-sized city will encounter, interview, obtain confessions from and arrest more serious and dangerous felons in one year than some agents do in their entire careers. He added that the FBI profilers spend most of their time reading what other profilers wrote rather than in the street interviewing bad guys. This creates a level of inefficiency that is only covered up by their overwhelming size and power.
Paddock is causing them trouble and it shows. Don’t get me wrong, there are good agents in the field, many former local police. But their abilities are often crippled by the top down bureaucracy of the FBI. Trust me, they don’t do anything their bosses don’t know about ahead of time. It’s all about controlling the narrative.
(On a side note, has anyone asked lately how an FBI agent followed two terrorists he was involved with to the Garland TX shooting and didn’t tell anyone? I know Congress tried and the FBI did the Det Frank Drebin move.)
WASHINGTON – Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley today is calling on the FBI to explain its advance knowledge and any plan to thwart a 2015 terrorist attack in Garland, Texas. Grassley’s questions follow recent media reports revealing that an undercover FBI agent was not only in communication with the terrorists weeks before the attack, but the agent was also at the scene taking pictures of the terrorists seconds before the shooting began. However, in 2015, FBI Director James Comey indicated that the Bureau was not aware of the perpetrator’s plans to travel to Garland or of any plans to carry out the attack.
According to news reports, an undercover FBI agent had been in communication over social media with one of the terrorists, Elton Simpson, in the weeks leading up to the terrorist attack. In one of the communications with the undercover agent, Simpson shared a link to information about the “Draw Prophet Muhamad Contest,” to which the agent replied, “Tear up Texas.” Simpson replied, “Bro, you don’t have to say that,” and “No need to be direct,” and referenced a terrorist attack in Paris. The day of the attack, the agent was in a car directly behind Simpson and his associate, Nadir Soofi, near a police checkpoint. The agent was taking photos of the terrorists just before the shooting began. A local police officer fatally shot both terrorists.
Despite the communications between the agent and Simpson, as well as court filings and news reports that reveal the agent was present at the scene during the attack, Comey told reporters in the days following the attack that the FBI had no reason to believe that Simpson intended to attack the event and was unaware of any plans to travel to Garland.
In a letter today to Comey, Grassley is seeking details on the circumstances surrounding the FBI’s investigation into Simpson, including when it became aware that the agent was traveling to Garland, whether it suspected Simpson of planning an attack and what plans were in place to intervene.
Comey is scheduled to testify at an FBI oversight hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on May 3.
(Of course Trump fired Comey. Frankly, this would be reason enough. Those people in Garland got lucky ONE Texas officer with ONE gun was better than the two terrorists. Or we’d have another massacre on the nation’s hands.)
My buddy’s advice to the Sheriff would be to make sure his local detectives work the case while the FBI is only in support. That has not happened. I was kidding the other day when I said that there are three agents working on this; one is holding a square peg of reality while two others are taking turns hitting it with sledgehammers trying to drive the peg into the FBI approved round hole!
The Sheriff now knows the cost of the deal he struck with the FBI. He is being destroyed and he knows it. And it is causing him great stress.
The second and probably as powerful political influence is that of the casinos in Vegas. MGM owns the Mandalay. The Mandalay is going to get hit with so many lawsuits that it won’t recover for years. They know it, we know it. In the world of liability, this case is going to sting. You have twenty-two thousand potential victims of something from deaths to gunshot wounds to injuries caused by the chaos to people just suffering from PTSD. The hotel will be crushed.
They have hired PR people and I’m sure every lawyer in the surrounding area to get ready. The casinos are the biggest political player in Vegas. They want to make sure the narrative doesn’t force them to change their procedures. The last thing they need is metal detectors and security guards wanding every gambler, tourist and family that comes to the hotel for a vacation. Imagine going to see some circus or Wayne Newton or some other deal and having to stand in a TSA line!
People make fun of the J Edgar Hoover era. He was corrupted by the power he held, but his agents were different back then. He demanded they be of high character, talented, single (he didn’t want distractions from the job), devoted to the agency and hard working. They carried the standard of the FBI with them everywhere.
However, today’s FBI is not that FBI. Sure politics is involved in anything that has power I get that, but at some point the agency went into a super charged mode. It seems today politics rules everything they do. And that change was accelerated and exposed in the past eight years by Obama. From the Fast and the Furious to the IRS scandal to the mess they made of the investigations of Hasan, Mateen and the rest, the FBI has traded its drive for justice for it protecting its reputation beyond all other things.
Andrew McCabe. One of the political embeds.
Even if their intentions are good when they are trying to do their jobs, or if they are just wrong, the taint remains. Add to this the intentional stymying of FOIA requests made by independent groups, the former director manipulating events to create a special counsel (including lying to Congress) and you can see how when the FBI speaks people just discount their honesty.
Tom Fitton has been on the front lines as the head of Judicial Watch as they file one FOIA lawsuit after another in pursuit of the truth when it comes to Hillary’s emails, Benghazi, Obama unmasking scandal etc. so it’s no surprise that he came out and straight up said he doesn’t trust the FBI as they conduct an investigation into 64-year-old Stephen Paddock.
Which is why the SAC in Vegas made a deal to trot out the Sheriff and make him give the FBI approved statements.
Paddock’s act is known. Paddock’s motivation is said to be a mystery. What is happening is that Paddock has a motive, it’s just not low hanging fruit like Mateen. Which I will remind you the FBI tried to change per Obama. Even though Mateen stated clearly he was an Islamic terrorist pledging his loyalty to ISIS – repeatedly.
Fox had a criminal psychiatrist explain the difference between young and old mass killers. Basically, young people do it for attention and fame. Older killers do not act for attention. They act to make a statement and effect change.
For example, Mateen was an older mature mass killer. He had a statement to make and wanted to effect change in something. He wanted to show America that ISIS could strike inside the nation and he wanted us to stop bombing Syria where we were targeting “his brothers.” Statement/effect.
Hodgkinson targeted Republicans because his side- the Left- convinced him they were all monsters killing old people, stealing money, stripping healthcare away and starving kids and of course kicking puppies. He believed that the only way to stop the Trump/Republican train was to stop the Republicans. He targeted one tenth of the Republican Congress, stalked the site (like Paddock), he researched the target (like Paddock)and had a list of Republicans in his pocket and Scalise’s photo on his computer, rifle in his car. He was planning to kill them all because they were bad (statement) and effect change by locking down Congress in a state of confusion for a year.
(Ignore the Alex Jones Info War introduction. Oddly, this is the only video clip I could find with the interview…hello Google..?)
So what motivated Paddock?
That’s the question that is causing the FBI to push the Sheriff out into the public to me crushed. They don’t know. Or- because we don’t believe them- they do and don’t want to tell us because they think they know better and we can’t handle it.
At this point, the Sheriff’s credibility is suffering, which means the vacuum will be filled with conspiracy.
I have a friend who loves the Dallas Cowboys. He was born in NYC, joined the Army and was stationed in Texas for awhile. During that time he fell in love with the Cowboys. That love affair led to generations of friendly and some not so friendly rivalry with his family in New York! He is such a fan he had signed memorabilia from players all the way back to the days of the “Manster”.
His prized possession!
When he divorced he wanted three things; custody of his son (which he got), the big screen TV and his Cowboy gear. We snuck his TV out, he won in court and he got most of his gear. The ex did manage to throw out a few things, which led to when mentioning her name he did it with the ring of a Gypsy curse and the mandatory spitting in the dirt!
Even when he couldn’t rub two nickels together he bought the NFL package so he would not miss his beloved Cowboys. Thick or thin, win or lose, he was faithful. Even when they lost a playoff game or had a horrible season, the second the game was over he would turn to me and say “Next Year Baby!”
Until now. When Jerry Jones knelt along with his players I sent him a text telling him. He responded he knew and this- “Cancelled my NFL ticket, I’m done.”
This would be akin to a mother giving up on her child. Your dog suddenly thinking you aren’t all that. God rescinding his offer of forgiveness to mankind! I mean epic world ending stuff!
My son texted me when he heard “Did anyone check to see if Hell is frozen?”
We all know why the black culture is in free fall. They know it too. But so many generations of us giving them another go at it has finally tired the nation out. This act has sheered the sheep too close and killed it. So instead of the expected “ahhh, it isn’t REALLY your fault.” They got a collective nationwide raspberry. And they are crazy mad about it.
The players never EVER knelt against black gang crime or the deaths in Chicago or the unwed mothers suffering or fatherless children. (Many created unwed mothers so… not a big issue for them?) Or the drugs, or the violence, or the poor education foisted on them by their “get rich on the back of others” democrats in cities like Baltimore. THAT should be the offense. The lie of Ferguson and bigger lie that the police are wantonly killing unarmed blacks should not be what drives them, but…
As for the NFL owners, a bunch of rich men and women who play with the teams like toys. I think they succumbed to the fact 77% of their players are from those affected neighborhoods and many are just fast, uneducated thugs. Which is why I stopped watching years ago. I missed Paul Warfield or Mark Clayton or Jerry Rice. Today, nothing is appealing when I see a wide receiver pout if he didn’t get the ball or show off it he scores.
I missed the professionalism of a player who when he tackled someone he just got up and walked back to the huddle like he had done it before, not dance and prance and make silly moves. Especially when that was one of a few tackles the guy made and his team was getting smoked. I have no idea why, which is why I stopped watching.
I also don’t watch Breaking Bad, The Sopranos, Sons of Anarchy or any show that elevates criminal/ anti-social behavior to a moral high ground.
Anyway, my point is if you lost my friend, you are right at the edge of chaos.
Folks, anyone who spent time studying history and the end of nations will tell you once the nation is weakened it doesn’t take much to pull it down. In 1918 two empires fell to communists and socialists- Russia and Germany. Out of both rose the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany. So taking down even imperfect nations usually works out worse for the world- including the insane Antifa crew. (Hey guys, study what happened to Hitler’s SA AFTER he gained power. Hint- they did not get to go on vacation or have a place in his new government. Same with the “intellectuals” he duped.)
The big difference between 1918 Germany and today’s America is that we are a HUGE nation consisting of separate states that have their own governments. A brilliant design by those dastardly slave owning white supremacists like Jefferson and Washington and Adams. So the impact of a sweeping change to our society can be blunted partially by individual states consisting of individual cultures that reject the idiocy.
So who is America today? I say it is two nations, competing for the future. One nation is represented by the Antifa crew and its large support group consisting of the Soros/media/democrat- establishment cowards. The other side, a larger side, is the rest of us who think this madness must stop and think common sense and decency override political correctness.
When Hurricane Harvey hit Texas we witnessed the difference between the two sides, and it is a distinct difference. Photos and videos are now coming in. In them it is important to see what is there, and what is NOT there. Then you can decide which side you want to be on.
One of the best examples is the now viral and I argue iconic photograph of a white male carrying an Asian woman and her child to safety. Here it is.
People, it does not get better than this. Breitbart has great coverage of the hurricane and the recovery. But Twitchy has the best response to this photo ever! And clear opportunity for women (and men) to realize there are two Americas. One that steps up and saves the world, and one that is trying to burn it down.
The media, the establishment and the Antifas have all called Trump and his supporters “fascists” in manner and training of Alinsky. Fix, focus and name your enemy. Trump is not a fascist or a racists. Hardly, but that doesn’t matter because it gives these guys license to do harm to Trump supporters and find backing from even the more intelligent members of our Congress and elites.
So let me dumb it down for people who are not paying attention to details. On one side you see this;
Loved and supported by this guy and people like him;
First of all, Trump is his own worst enemy. Not because he is constantly wrong, but that he cannot let a fight go until he wins it, even when pitted against insurmountable opposition. This opposition is a lying media, insane democrats, and cowardly Republicans.
In the Charlottesville riots, we are now learning- (slowly, because it isn’t Katrina and GWB!)- that the governor, Terry McAuliffe- and the mayor of Charlottesville screwed the pooch that day. Some argue the new way cities handle riots is suicidal, others argue it is intentional because out of chaos comes opportunity.
I say that McAuliffe’s plan was to let the armed wing of the Democrat party, the Antifa, beat on the white supremacists for video and political advantage. When then bad guy drove into the crowd, it changed the dynamic. This is where Trump made a mistake. He should have made his second statement and then said nothing outside sympathy for the family of the injured and dead. It not being enough to satisfy the media is a given.
Instead, he wanted to win the factual point with people who are not interested in telling the truth.
My son sent me a picture with a quote from Mark Twain, it literally makes the point Trump should learn quickly.
This literally describes CNN, et. al.
As I said before, Trump should wait a few days then announce that his DOJ is going to investigate all groups involved in using violence at protests to see if they are being funded and organized, and under RICO and other federal statutes, the DOJ will prosecute the leaders and financiers to the fullest extent of the law. No more violence. He should target both white supremacy groups and Antifa. Let the Left argue their people should be exempt.
Trump’s other problem is his Republican establishment cowards like McCain and Graham and Rubio. McCain apparently went full monty on the issue of whether or not Antifa is a bad group. Somebody should pull him aside and show him the Seattle videos, the attacks at Trump’s rallies by the Antifa and the injuries caused. Or not, he’s on his way out, so who cares. But Rubio and Graham? Come on guys.
What those idiots are practicing is what I call the “eat me last” technique. We see it all over Washington as Trump, who is a bomb thrower, is ripping the facade off the game that DC insiders play. Rubio is the guy in the zombie movie who locks everybody else outside so he can survive just a little longer. Only to find he locked himself IN with the biters.
As James Bond’s nemesis Auric Goldfinger famously observed, “Once is happenstance, twice is coincidence. The third time is enemy action.” On Tuesday evening, three prominent Republicans — Senator John McCain, Senator Marco Rubio, and 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney — endorsed the left-wing media’s preferred narrative and embraced the masked thugs of Antifa as heroes.
McCain and Romney used almost identical language, bending their knees to the media narrative that only two factions were present in Charlottesville during the awful events of last weekend: white supremacist Nazis and “Americans standing up to defy hate and bigotry.”
No, not the same. One side is racist, bigoted, Nazi. The other opposes racism and bigotry. Morally different universes.
Neither of these gentlemen can claim ignorance of Antifa; the reason both of them piped up is that President Donald Trump mentioned them in his Tuesday press conference. Left-wing politicians and media personalities responded by thundering “there is only one side” for all right-thinking Americans to be on, because there was only one squad of villains on the ground in Charlottesville.
McCain and Romney obediently bent the knee to this narrative. At the very least, they’re agreeing Antifa should be invisible, accepting the incredibly stupid idea that calling out their violence somehow dilutes criticism of the Tiki Torch Terror. Mentioning Antifa is damned under the left’s new doctrine of “Whataboutism,” which originally held that history began with the inauguration of President Trump and all prior Democrat sins were absolved, but has mutated into an unlimited free pass for the #Resistance to do whatever it takes to bring down the Trump administration without a peep of protest from tame Republicans.
Senator Marco Rubio went much, much further. He launched a brief tweetstorm that completely absolved Antifa of all responsibility for its actions in Charlottesville, blaming all violence “one hundred percent” on those who organized the events leading to the “Charlottesville terrorist attack” (the vehicular homicide perpetrated by James Alex Fields Jr.)
Most astoundingly, Rubio embraced the Crybully Creed, the left-wing fascist idea that hate speech justifies a violent response. Your speech is violence; their violence is speech. Yes, Rubio used exactly those words in his third tweet.
Further, as we wean people off of historical facts, we get this kind of stupid crap.
This had the caption- “Also confronted the Nazis without a permit:”
Apparently twitter is all ablaze with ignorant memes comparing D-Day assaults with the Antifa. I will give Antifa credit, it was a great PR move to name yourself the good guys so that everybody you communists beat up- like Trump supporters- are automatically the bad guys.
But to compare WW2 D-Day soldiers to Antifa is just too stupid.
This is far more accurate. A response, allowed for now on the Internet, exposing an accurate truth.
Let’s help out the ignorant about the US Military in 1944. First, it was segregated by Woodrow Wilson, who was a democrat and a raging racist. He also did that in the federal government in general. Second, in 1944 there was no discussion of women in combat, that was a silly idea back then. They also opened doors and took care of their wives. Third, most of the men in that era had no problem with this arrangement- it was the culture of day. Lastly, which means “white supremacy” wasn’t even discussed. The Americans were fighting Fascists. The same Fascists that birthed the current Antifa organization. I’ll slow down so McCain can get it. Antifa and its ilk are communists and anarchists who want to burn it all down- including the sweet deal McCain, Rubio and Graham have in D.C. You’d think they would be on Trump’s side…but.
It is really that simple, and the Left throwing around these memes and John McCain spewing is PC foolishness will not change it.
I’ve waited to comment on the Charlottesville riot and death. There is a lot of unpacking to do here. Yesterday, some mob ripped down a statute in Durham NC as a “response to the death” of the woman in Va.
The truth is they don’t know why they are angry, but they know they love the thrill of being angry in a crowd. Whether that crowd be a mob on the street or Twitter or FaceBook. It is human nature and explained fairly well in an article by Hans Fiene at the Federalist.
I saw interviews where college kids could not name the dates of the Civil war, the reasons for it, or who fought. One thought it happened in France. So why are they angry?
Does she even know why she is doing this? I’ll bet she thinks the Civil War was fought between the Germans and Zimbabwe
This mob mentality- the same that gripped the French during their Revolution (and led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands), the same that gripped the Russians during their Revolution (which eventually left them with tens of millions dead) and the same that gripped the hippie ant-war protestors during the sixties. We got lucky and quelled that. So those protestors implanted themselves into academia and the media and the government and now their protege’s are running today’s climate of anti everything.
A white guy with a goatee and a fedora taking a swing at an old white guy in a construction helmet? What is going on?
However, as I have pointed out so many times before, today’s world is different than the sixties. I don’t think even the people behind today’s chaos actually grasp the level of danger we are facing largely due to the phenomenon of social media. (Robespierre didn’t grasp the danger when he fomented the French Revolution, until it was too late and the mob turned on him. )
From the article;
Internet Outrage Is an Addiction
Just like gambling or sex, outrage can become a process addiction—a form of behavior that our bodies come to rely on to feel good. The mechanics of anger addiction are simple. When we erupt in anger, our brains get a hit of dopamine, which yields a sense of euphoria. Just as drug users will quickly become dependent on their substance of choice to get that euphoria, those who overindulge in outrage will often end up relying on that behavior to release the desired dopamine.
It’s easy to see how this addiction plays out online, Twitter perhaps being the best example. Man A wakes up in the morning, immediately reaches for his smartphone and finds, via those he follows for this sort of stuff, an article about Today’s Sinner, the one who must be shamed and ridiculed for being a woman hater or minority hater or cop hater or animal hater. Man A then begins spewing insults and vitriol at this person, then repeats the cycle the next day.
In other words, Man A wakes up in the morning, feeling miserable and wanting a dopamine release. So he goes to his dealer, who offers him something to be angry about—the newer and better fix-du-jour. Man A then explodes in anger at someone he very well may never have heard of before and will likely forget all about in a few days. He enjoys the dopamine hit for a moment, then finds a new target and repeats the cycle as soon as the high wears off.
Furthermore, like those who are hooked on other substances or processes, outrage addicts often serve their addiction above all else. In their sober moments, they may pursue knowledge and truth. But amidst the throes of addiction, the only thing they seek is anger. They don’t want to be informed. They want to be mad.
This is why, probably more often than not, those vomiting venom at someone on social media haven’t even read the article they’re sharing. Why risk discovering some detail in the source material that might change your mind or take your “I Can’t Even” meter from an eleven to a three? To extract as much outrage from the hide of Today’s Sinner, the outrage addict embraces brain rot and remains in deliberate ignorance.
How many times have we witnessed an interview of a person in the mob where they are asked WHY they are there and that person cannot answer the question? I’ve seen dozens and dozens. They don’t know why, they just get a thrill because they are a part of a larger something, heading somewhere and being validated by the people around them. Think mob fights at a soccer match in Europe. Except in that case, they know why they are rioting- they hated the other team for years.
The Left has been creating identity politics and then identity anger for years. Obama allowed the human urge to be violent in the face of “offenses” to grow to a point where those angered think they have a right to violently act out.
In Charlottesville, one group of identity politics ran willingly headlong into another group of violent thugs, who identify themselves as anarchists, willing to burn the nation down for reasons they cannot explain. The violence beyond the car ramming attack was brutal. And it was allowed by the local authorities to happen as another political calculation like Baltimore and Ferguson.
Of course, the Left immediately blamed Trump for the attack. Why? Because that is what the Left does. It foments a crisis, then blames the other guy for that crisis and slides away, hands in their pockets, whistling to themselves and trying to look innocent. They trip the angry bully, point to the nearest Republican and make the “he did it” head nod, so all the willing media can attack the Right.
Of course it doesn’t help that the Republicans, like Rubio et al, start apologizing instead of pointing back and saying, “ask those dumb-fucks what happened, they did it!”
I’m going to defend Trump here. His first statement was good enough and accurate, which is why the Left lost their minds, and the weak-kneed Republicans ran away from him. He said violence on all sides is wrong. It really is that simple. And if I would have the President’s ear I would have him make the following statement;
“Peaceful protest is always welcome and encouraged. This is America after all.
However, violent protest is not allowed. Nobody on any side should fear for their safety when they assemble, or fear their property will be destroyed by groups intent on creating mayhem for political purposes.
It is obvious to all who has been observing these past years that certain groups encourage and participate in violent and destructive behavior. It is also apparent that these groups are being organized, funded, transported across the nation to commit acts of violence and intimidation. This cannot happen- regardless of race, agenda, cause, or political backing.
Violence only begets violence, so it must end and end now. Nothing being protested in this nation is worth a single innocent life.
So I have instructed my DOJ to open investigations into any past, or future, demonstrations that resulted in harm and property damage in order to discover if any of these are in violation of federal RICO acts or any other federal statutes.
All investigations will be transparent and without any political bias. Any person or persons or organizations linked to violence and harm will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
Violence must stop, and violence will stop.
We all have to remember those protesting against your cause are also your fellow citizens, exercising their peaceful right to assemble, as you are.
Respect them and their safety. “
Then he should turn and walk away.
Let the Left try to defend their position that black people or Antifa or whatever Leftist group as a right to be violent, but everyone else has to take the abuse without reacting. it would not be long before they would be mumbling under their breath and then switching to another “Trump failure” to beat him with.
But the DOJ should investigate all parties that commit violence in protests to look for organization and funding. Then prosecute not only the bomb throwers but the people who funded their movements and their resources. Lock up some Soros type under RICO and see how quickly the money dries up.
The Progressive Left wants to be the ones operating without any regard to the laws and the security of our nation. That cannot stand, or the nation will fall. As pointed out by Ben Shapiro over at National Review.
…Then a Nazi-sympathizing alt-right 20-year-old Ohioan plowed his car into a crowd of protesters, killing one and injuring 19. The president of the United States promptly failed egregiously to condemn alt-right racism; instead, he opted for a milquetoast statement condemning “hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides.”
The Left leapt into action, declaring Trump’s statement utterly insufficient — which, of course, it was. But they then went further, declaring that Antifa was entirely innocent, despite Antifa’s launching into violence against pro-Trump marchers in Seattle over the weekend, as they have in Sacramento and Berkeley; berating New York Times journalist Sheryl Gay Stolberg for having the temerity to report that “the hard left seemed as hate-filled as the alt-right”; and suggesting that all conservatives were, at root, sympathizers with the Nazi-friendly alt-right.
And so here we stand: On the one side, a racist, identity-politics Left dedicated to the proposition that white people are innate beneficiaries of privilege and therefore must be excised from political power; on the other side, a reactionary, racist, identity-politics alt-right dedicated to the proposition that white people are innate victims of the social-justice class and therefore must regain political power through race-group solidarity.
None of this is new, of course. The Left has engaged in identity politics since the 1960s and engaged in heavy violence in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The white-supremacist movement has been with us since the founding of the republic. But both movements had been steadily shrinking until the last few years.
Now they’re growing. And they’re largely growing in opposition to one another. In fact, the growth of each side reinforces the growth of the other: The mainstream Left, convinced that the enemies of social-justice warriors are all alt-right Nazis, winks and nods at left-wing violence; the right, convinced that its SJW enemies are focused on racial polarization, embraces the alt-right as a form of resistance. Antifa becomes merely a radical adjunct to traditional Democratic-party politics; the alt-right becomes merely a useful tool for scurrilous Republican politicians and media figures.
Three factors led to this self-reinforcing growth loop.
First, increasing political polarization.
President Obama allowed the politics of racial fragmentation to fester on his watch; he repeatedly trafficked in broad generalities about American racism. Obama focused incessantly on the specter of white bigotry: “the legacy of slavery, Jim Crow, discrimination in almost every institution of our lives,” embedded in our collective DNA. In response, an identity politics began creepily infusing the Right, with some white people embracing the mold cast upon them by the Left, creating a soft racial solidarity in backlash. This, of course, only strengthened the Left’s views of white privilege, which in turn strengthened the Right’s views of white victimhood.
The second factor was media malfeasance.
Erick Erickson thinks things will get far worse, and he’s right- again for many reasons.
Oakland 2009, Akron 2009, Pittsburgh 2009, Santa Cruz 2010, Oakland 2010, Los Angeles 2010, Oakland 2011, Chicago 2012, Anaheim 2012, Brooklyn 2013, Ferguson 2014, New York City 2014, Baltimore 2015, Anaheim 2016, Chicago 2016, St Paul 2016, Milwaukee 2016, Charlotte 2016, Standing Rock 2016, Oakland 2016, Portland 2016, Washington DC 2017, Berkeley 2017, Anaheim 2017, Berkeley (again) 2017, Berkeley (again again) 2017, Olympia 2017, and Portland 2017. This is a list of overwhelmingly leftist protests [that turned violent].
There is no comparable list of “alt-right” protests. Though there have been some, there have not been as many. The violence at these events has included molotov cocktails, shattered windows, punches thrown, and public property destroyed. Last night, a group of leftwing activists tore down a confederate statue without permission.
But in pointing all of this out, prominent voices on the left will angrily reply that Black Lives Matter, Antifa, union goons, etc. are all working for equality, justice, or some other noble end. They will wave away legitimate comparisons between the alt-left and alt-right providing moral justification for the left.
There have been far more conservatives willing to call out the alt right than there have been progressives calling out the alt-left.
Which is happening as we speak. The people who reported the honest story about both sides being violent are getting hammered for telling the truth.
Remember, Obama started this by allowing for the BLM to act out in a manner not seen since the sixties. Once they got away with it, the Antifa and the rest saw the opening and jumped in. That’s how mobs works. You slam one, the rest keep their heads down. Let them up and they will swarm you. It’s their nature and their desire as pointed out by Daily Caller.
Far-left agitators are calling for an escalation in tactics following this weekend’s violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville.
Many of the same groups that have organized violent demonstrations in Berkeley, California and elsewhere are now calling for an aggressive response to the violence in Charlottesville. Far-left “anti-fascist” (or antifa) figures are advising agitators to do the job that police won’t: shutting down “fascists” and preventing them from organizing.
“Charlottesville is just the beginning. If the alt-right can get away with murder there, none of us will be safe. We have to stand up to white supremacists, we have to shut down and chase out these bigots every time they try to organize, or else they will kill more people,” reads one poster created by anarchist group CrimethInc, a self-described “international network of aspiring revolutionaries.”
“The police will not protect us. They murder over a thousand people every year in this country, and infiltrate and attack our demonstrations when we stand up against alt-right terror. We have to organize to defend ourselves.”
(Hey DOJ, if you are looking for a place to start for RICO and terrorism cases there’s a few right here!)
Of course they don’t talk about the violence, injury and mayhem they dispense because their “cause is right!” Which is always the excuse. It was that way in France, Russia, China and other nations that fell from within.
The biggest contributor to this is the Democrat Party which has just simply lost its mind. There are reports the governor and the mayor of Charlottesville told the police to stand down. It is not surprising because they don’t want the police to play “whack a mole” with an arm of their own political party.
This is serious stuff folks. Our political leadership is amping up violent people, who are anarchists and communists, in order to destabilize YOUR country. Nobody really cares about statutes or names on buildings or even the BLM movement’s core complaint (which has been proven to be false repeatedly). They want the chaos, because as George Soros says “out of chaos comes opportunity.”
So, obviously, this was a fraught moment. But what would have been the outcome had the police and the Virginia National Guard—both on hand in strong numbers—done their duty, enforced properly obtained demonstration permits, and preserved the right of the warring parties to make their respective points without being physically attacked, one by the other and vice versa? It’s worth remembering that Charlottesville did everything it could to prevent the demonstrations, issuing permits only after being sued by the ACLU. And when push came to shove—literally—on Saturday, police and National Guardsmen were to be found only on the periphery of the brawling. Indeed, the Virginia ACLU reported that police were refusing to intervene unless specifically ordered to do so.
“There was no police presence,” Brittany Caine-Conley, a minister-in-training at Charlottesville’s Sojourners United Church of Christ, told the New York Times. “We were watching people punch each other; people were bleeding all the while police were inside of barricades at the park, watching. It was essentially just brawling on the street and community members trying to protect each other.”
Almost at first contact, Charlottesville mayor Michael Signer and Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency and cancelled the demonstrators’ permits, whereupon police began funneling the alt-right protestors away from the designated demonstration site—and, some reports have it, toward the counter-protestors. The carnage followed in short order. Whether the breakdown in police protection was purposeful—that is, intended to quash a constitutionally protected demonstration and provoke a violent confrontation—is a question unlikely to be pursued in Virginia’s present political environment. As partisan eye-gougers go, Governor McAuliffe, a Democrat, is near the top of the list; Mayor Signer, also a Democrat, seems to be cut from the same cloth.
I watched part of the press conference the police put on. One of my friends pointed out much like Trump and his press statement about the fascist, the police were in a lose- lose situation. No matter how hard they tried, they would not be given credit for anything they did. If they went in and hammered the Antifa, which consisted of liberals, communists and blacks, the police would be seen as pro fascist and anti black. If they went after the Fascists, who were not the first to throw punches, they would be seen as attacking an ugly but so far peaceful group. So they waited until the whole thing blew up and then moved in because at that point everybody was a legitimate target.
I disagree. I think the leadership ordered them to stand down because they wanted the Antifa to hurt the protestors. Remember, the Antifa is an arm of the Leftists inside the Democrat party. They are the SA of the 1930’s Nazi party or the Communist “Red Guard” of Mao’s China. People will be afraid of them and will fall in line with the far Left democrats out of fear in the future.
(You can also bet if there are emails between the leadership inside the party and in the government talking about telling the police to stand down they are being deleted as we speak! If I were the police commanders, I’d be saving them for the future civil cases that will be coming. Remember, this was going just as the democrats wanted until that scumbag ran a car into the crowd and changed the whole dynamic.)
Shapiro points out Obama’s use of the anarchists.
Finally, there’s political convenience. Obama’s repeated references to American racism weren’t his only sin. He repeatedly shunned opportunities to tamp down leftist racial radicalism. He made excuses for riots in Ferguson and Baltimore. He used the shooting of Dallas police officers by a radical black activist as an opportunity to lecture Americans about the evils of racist policing. He knew that his political support came in large measure from SJWs, and he cultivated them.
Now Shapiro, who does not like Trump at all, thinks Trump took advantage of the disgruntled Right by amping them up. There’s some truth in that, but it is more Trump allowing a beaten down silent majority a voice and an opportunity to stand up and say enough.
Inside that majority of people is even the far more strident- like the Nazis, but they are not PART of the Right as much as simply agreeing with some ideas- like America should come first. The conservative movement says America comes first- meaning EVERY American whether white, black, Asian, gay, young or old- should be given more attention than others throughout the world, it is America after all. The KKK/white supremacy crew thinks only WHITE America should come first. That is a huge difference, but the Left and the media love to conflate the two.
Now to the victim of the car attack. What was a 32year old white woman doing neck deep in a riot surrounded by Antifa. If you look at the crowd the bad guy plowed into, you can see armed Antifa with bats and sticks run up onto the car. The crowd was a violent group. Yet she was in the middle of that crowd, armed to do violence against other American citizens in order to shut down their right to speak- because that’s what Antifa does.
NOE-PAYNE: Commander says, while Heyer had never protested before, she always spoke up.
COMMANDER: Heather denounced any type of discrimination, not just racism. She stood up for gay rights and – just anything that she felt like was wrong, she stood for.
From the Guardian:
The woman who died when a car rammed into a group of people protesting against a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville was named on Sunday as Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old legal assistant with a law firm in Virginia, who repeatedly championed civil rights issues on social media.
Heyer, whose Facebook cover photo read: “If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention”, worked for the Virginia law firm Miller Law and regularly drew attention to cases of police malpractice and racism, as well as posting her support for Bernie Sanders in his presidential campaign.
A friend from childhood, Felicia Correa, who launched a crowdfunding page and said she was speaking for Heyer’s mother, who was not ready to speak in public, said: “She died doing what was right. My heart is broken, but I am forever proud of her.”
Her boss at the law firm said she had attended Saturday’s counter-demonstration to send a clear message to neo-Nazis and Ku Klux Klan sympathizers that people in her hometown abhor their views. She was “a very strong, very opinionated young woman” who “made known that she was all about equality”, Alfred Wilson told Reuters.
So here was a “equality” lover neck deep in a crowd armed and intending to do harm to people who had an equal- if icky- right to speak out and march. What was going through her mind as she looked around at the bats, shields, sticks, helmets and tear gas canisters her fellow travelers had brought? Was she excited? Was she frightened? Did she ever wonder maybe, just maybe, there was another way to voice your dissent, without injuring another American?
If my daughter told me she was going to that protest, I would have locked her up in her room with a firm “NO!” regardless of her age. Violence begets violence. There was going to be a violent confrontation, no way around it. And it has always been my experience the least deserving for getting hurt, always end up being the first to get hurt.
This woman had a right to protest the other side, but not with violence. That bad guy had a right to protest, but no right to drive his car into the crowd she was standing in. He goes to jail forever, or if South Carolina as a death penalty, until they stick a needle in him.
(On a side note, it appears the ACLU made the city give the white supremacists a permit to march. They will also be against any death penalty the driver gets. At this moment the ACLU must realize how bad reality tastes. They are not blameless here.)
Sadly, nobody seems to care about having a peaceful protest anymore. Violence is way too much fun and the high they are getting by fighting it out in the streets is too addictive.
You can thank your national political leaders- including Obama- for letting this get out of hand. I fear many more good people will get hurt before we manage to right this ship and realize we are all Americans and all deserve the right to live in peace regardless if we agree or disagree.
Update: I watched part of the painful press conference Trump just held. He tried to explain that there were bad guys on both sides, as well as good people. To allow one side to commit violence (the antifa) while condemning the other side- who was in this case actually legally there- was wrong. The media, lemming-like, simply lost their minds. They have gotten so used to a President tut tutting and apologizing and giving in that they have no idea what to do with this President.
His statement that going after historical figures was wrong, I paraphrase- “This week Lee, then Stonewall Jackson, what is next week Jefferson then Washington?” That is a legitimate point. History is history. There is a focused and aggressive attempt to rewrite it to suit a new PC version of our nation. That is wrong. We need to accept our failing, rejoice in our ability to overcome them so we can find ways to overcome more in the future.
I might point out Obama spent a good deal of his time either supporting, excusing or encouraging the BLM movement as it burnt cities. Not all BLM are bad, some of their worries are legitimate. But nowhere is it an excuse to kill, maim, injury and burn. So again, good for the goose, but not the gander?
Over at Powerlineblog we are reminded why a person who is holding a faulty position should not argue with a good lawyer.
The article refers to a female scientist screaming about the fake science of Evolutionary psychology which in part postulates that men and women are- hold onto your britches- different! The woman writing the article possesses a hyphenated name. It’s been my experience when a liberal progressive woman makes sure she hyphenates her name for “identity purposes” you can be assured she’s flying WAY out there somewhere. This author, Chanda Prescod-Weinstein, has some pretty strident opinions and appears to not hesitate to share.
You can see the -“All you men are morons, I know, I minored in women studies”- written all over that stare!
Here is the title that caught Powerline’s attention:
Powerline points out a key passage.
Science is sold to us as an almost holy, objective pursuit: a pure endeavor, a way of pursuing truth and only truth. . . But nowhere is it more evident that this perspective is flawed than when we consider the uses and abuses of evolutionary biology and its sibling, evolutionary psychology.
It is impossible to consider this field of science without grappling with the flaws of the institution—and of the deification—of science itself. For example: It was argued to me this week that the Google memo failed to constitute hostile behavior because it cited peer-reviewed articles that suggest women have different brains. The well-known scientist who made this comment to me is both a woman and someone who knows quite well that “peer-reviewed” and “correct” are not interchangeable terms. This brings us to the question that many have grappled with this week. It’s 2017, and to some extent scientific literature still supports a patriarchal view that ranks a man’s intellect above a woman’s. . .
Science’s greatest myth is that it doesn’t encode bias and is always self-correcting. In fact, science has often made its living from encoding and justifying bias, and refusing to do anything about the fact that the data says something’s wrong.’
Then the good lawyer asks the question does this apply to all science, like say Climate Change?
Imagine the testimony where the professor says that Evolutionary psychology is bunk science and that all science can be influenced by bias and agenda. Then the lawyer says, “Including Climate Change?” At which point the professor would have to make a choice, violate the liberal third rail of Climate Change by saying yes maybe it isn’t settled or say indeed science is free of bias and lose her argument against EP.
Here is a paragraph or two from her article. She speaks of inherent bias. Does she hear herself when she speaks? Where did she learn all this and from whom?
Most saliently in the context of the Google memo, our scientific educations almost never talk about the invention of whiteness and the invention of race in tandem with the early scientific method which placed a high value on taxonomies—which unsurprisingly and almost certainly not coincidentally supported prevailing social views. The standard history of science that is taught to budding scientists is that during the Enlightenment, Europe went from the dark ages to, well, being enlightened by a more progressive mindset characterized by objective “science.” It is the rare scientific education that includes a simultaneous conversation about the rise of violent, imperialist globalization during the same time period. Very few curricula acknowledge that some European scientific “discoveries” were in fact collations of borrowed indigenous knowledge. And far too many universally call technology progress while failing to acknowledge that it has left us in a dangerously warmed climate.
Much of the science that resulted from this system, conducted primarily by white men, is what helped teach us that women were the inferior sex. Racial taxonomies conveniently confirmed that enslaving African people was a perfectly reasonable behavior since, as Thomas Jefferson put it,s black people were “inferior to the whites in the endowments of body and mind.” Of course, this apparent inferiority never stopped Jefferson from repeatedly raping his wife’s half-sister, Sally Hemings, herself a product of rape. Jefferson is remembered as a great thinker, but when one reads his writing about race, it becomes immediately evident that rather than being much of a scientist, he was a biased white supremacist who hid behind science as a shield.
Talk about hitting all the PC talking points; Jefferson rapist, white supremacist, warmed climate, culture theft..
But of course, like most liberals, she will demand to both have her cake and eat it too. But the truth would be known to all, at least to all who didn’t major in women studies.
Jumping off from my earlier post, if I’m the IT guy who worked for Debbie Wasserman Schultz and was caught trying to escape by the police, I would make sure I camped out in the lobby of the police station until someone got me into witness protection. The last thing I need is to get the urge to kill myself- if you know what I mean.
How bad is the behavior on the democratic side of the ledger? Roger Simon goes through the list over at PJ Media.
How many scandals can you fit on the head of a pin — or, in Maoist parlance, let a Hundred Scandals Bloom! And given the way they are blooming, Robert Mueller’s “Russia” investigation looks increasingly ludicrous.
Even if Mueller were even-handed and the exact right person for the job — an open question at the moment — no single special counsel could handle all this. It’s a game of whack-a-mole to beat all games of whack-a-mole.
Let’s enumerate the scandals as of this moment, several or all of which are or could be connected.
The Original Trump-Russia Scan-dahl. This has been going on for the better part of a century with little to show for it except Donald Trump Jr. demonstrating too much rookie zeal in listening (for a few minutes anyway) to some shady Russian characters and Paul Manafort possibly having made some less-than-savory deals with some equally shady Ukrainian characters. This would have been before Manafort went to work for Trump (a relationship that in itself lasted only for a short time). And, oh yes, Mike Flynn. When all is revealed, and it may never be, I predict what we will find is that Flynn was also guilty of another kind of zeal — wanting to woo Russia away from Iran with the promise of reduced sanctions for Moscow. Some of us (including me) think this was a fine idea that now will not happen thanks to the berserk partisanship on the part of the formerly Russia-friendly Democrats.
The Unmasking Scandal.It now turns out that a record number of unmaskings (revealing U.S. citizens’ identities during foreign intelligence surveillance) by the Obama administration — well over a hundred — took place during and after the election. Most of these unmaskings seem to have been illegal and were of people connected to Trump. Many appear to have been instigated by, of all people, Samantha Power, a person who, as UN ambassador, had no business doing such a thing. ……
Fusion GPS. Whoa. If you think the unmaskings were nefarious, this is downright sick and evil. This group of journalistic lowlifes — sadly including three former Wall Street Journal reporters (the paper is hopefully doing an investigation of its hiring practices because of this) — promulgates disinformation for creepy Russian regime types and, lately, the hideous Venezuelan leaders currently starving millions of their own people to death. These “genteel scriveners” were the authors of the anti-Trump “dossier” containing the lies about Moscow hotel golden showers, etc. It’s hard to imagine anything worse than smearing in this manner someone who could become the leader of the free world, unless you hate the free world or, more likely in this case, are despicably greedy. …..
Imran Awan. The story of the Pakistani-born IT fraudster who had access (for years) to computer data and materials of over two dozen House Democrats plus Homeland Security and Foreign Affairs committees threatens to become one of the most extraordinary scandals of our time. If Awan is merely some low-life con cheating the U.S. government out of a few dollars (okay — four million), why are the Clintonistas so concerned they have assigned one of their key consiglieres to head his legal defense? Why did Deborah Wasserman Schultz keep this obviously seriously corrupt individual on her payroll for months until he was finally arrested at Dulles on his way to Qatar by the FBI and the Capitol Police? The possibilities are so many they could fill a book by themselves. …
The Lynch Non-Mob. Our previous attorney general has so much more to answer for than our current one — the tarmac meeting with Bill Clinton, insisting the case of the massive Hillary email erasures was a “matter” and not an “investigation” when the alleged crimes would almost certainly send a civilian to jail for life. This undoubtedly contributed to the bizarre behavior of James Comey and to the fact that so much about this “matter” was never truly investigated, tarnishing the FBI’s reputation perhaps forever. A lot of Republicans think this was a big-time coverup and there’s more evidence for that than there is for Trump-Russia collusion, miles more. (Comic relief: Lanny Davis still insisting on Fox the other night that the 30,000 plus erased emails were about yoga lessons.)
Clinton Cash and Uranium One. Was this ever fully examined by anybody, let alone the FBI? Yet it’s all about Russia and Putin on a level none of the other allegations approach. If true, Hillary Clinton helped facilitate 20% of U.S. uranium being transferred to Russian hands. Uranium! Before you say this is debunked, think twice. Historically, collusion with Russia has been far greater by Democrats than Republicans — and I’m not just talking about Obama’s famous whisper to Medvedev or his pathetic cop-out on Assad’s use of poison gas. ….
But sticking with the IT guy, Daily Caller has covered it for a long time, alone. The NY Times covered it briefly- just so they could say they did. But their story was about the right wing conspiracy about the IT guy, not the crimes- many crimes- Debbie’s IT guy has alleged to have committed. The list is long. Some of them may involve some Hezbollah money laundering.
Andy McCarthy at the NRO finally paid attention. He also points out that nothing is as it seems. Which is true.
I will make one point here, McCarthy complains about how long it took to do the investigation. I pointed out to my former police buddies that the Capital Police are not a normal police department. They are not designed to catch Capital members doing bad things. In fact, they are more like the personal bodyguards to a celebrity, more tasked with providing hookers and blow to the celebrity than catching him in a crime.
That said, here are some of the highlights.
Congressional-staff salaries are modest, in the $40,000 range. For some reason, Awan was paid about four times as much. He also managed to get his wife, Alvi, on the House payroll . . . then his brother, Abid Awan . . . then Abid’s wife, Natalia Sova. The youngest of the clan, Awan’s brother Jamal, came on board in 2014 — the then-20-year-old commanding an annual salary of $160,000.
A few of these arrangements appear to have been sinecures: While some Awans were rarely seen around the office, we now know they were engaged in extensive financial shenanigans away from the Capitol. Nevertheless, the Daily Caller’s Luke Rosiak, who has been all over this story, reports that, for their IT “work,” the Pakistani family has reeled in $4 million from U.S. taxpayers since 2009.
That’s just the “legit” dough. The family business evidently dabbles in procurement fraud, too. The Capitol Police and FBI are exploring widespread double-billing for computers, other communication devices, and related equipment.
Why were they paid so much for doing so little? Intriguing as it is, that’s a side issue. A more pressing question is: Why were they given access to highly sensitive government information? Ordinarily, that requires a security clearance, awarded only after a background check that peruses ties to foreign countries, associations with unsavory characters, and vulnerability to blackmail.
These characters could not possibly have qualified. Never mind access; it’s hard to fathom how they retained their jobs. The Daily Caller has also discovered that the family, which controlled several properties, was involved in various suspicious mortgage transfers. Abid Awan, while working “full-time” in Congress, ran a curious auto-retail business called “Cars International A” (yes, CIA), through which he was accused of stealing money and merchandise. In 2012, he discharged debts in bankruptcy (while scheming to keep his real-estate holdings). Congressional Democrats hired Abid despite his drunk-driving conviction a month before he started at the House, and they retained him despite his public-drunkenness arrest a month after. Beyond that, he and Imran both committed sundry vehicular offenses. In civil lawsuits, they are accused of life-insurance fraud.
Congressional Democrats hired Abid despite his drunk-driving conviction a month before he started at the House, and they retained him despite his public-drunkenness arrest a month after.
Democrats now say that any access to sensitive information was “unauthorized.” But how hard could it have been to get “unauthorized” access when House Intelligence Committee Dems wanted their staffers to have unbounded access? In 2016, they wrote a letter to an appropriations subcommittee seeking funding so their staffers could obtain “Top Secret — Sensitive Compartmented Information” clearances. TS/SCI is the highest-level security classification. Awan family members were working for a number of the letter’s signatories.
Democratic members, of course, would not make such a request without coordination with leadership. Did I mention that the ranking member on the appropriations subcommittee to whom the letter was addressed was Debbie Wasserman Schultz?
Why has the investigation taken so long? Why so little enforcement action until this week? Why, most of all, were Wasserman Schultz and her fellow Democrats so indulgent of the Awans?
That is the million dollar question isn’t it? What does he know, or better, what does she know HE knows that makes the democrats so panicked?
Were they just a bunch of Pakistani hustlers taking advantage of the PC idiots in the Democrat party? Are they working with the Pakistani ISI? Or the Iraqis? Or Hezbollah? Or worse? (Is their worse?)
We know they started a car sales company and it appears within a year they went out of business, the cars disappeared (or ended up in the Middle East?), and they may have taken some money from a man known to be associated with Hezbollah. A million dollars went missing? (It is so confusing trying to keep up with all they were doing!) We also learned that is one way Hezbollah launders money throughout the world. Soo…
A smart guy runs from the other guy.
Like I said, if I were the IT guy, either I’m sneaking across the border under another identity and running, or I’m sitting in the lobby of the police station waiting for witness protection.
Plus, I would eat only canned food and sealed bottled water I bought myself. It appears one of Hillary’s lawyers is now his lawyer. Fine, but if that shill pulls up in a limo, opens the back door and tells Awan to get in, saying everything’s fine, Awan would be smart to start running.
When the Left complains about Russian “collusion” maybe they should take a harder look at the Putin ordered “clean up” operation that seems to be going on all across the globe. Putin is not a nice guy. He is singularly focused on retaining power and making Russia a player in global events. For that I do not fault him, we do the same thing. However, his methods are a bit more 007’ish than ours.
“Don’t worry, I fix!”
PJ Media has a short article linking to a much longer detailed article from Buzz Feed.
Why is the U.S. government covering up the murder of a formerly close Putin crony in Washington, D.C., in November of 2015?
Mikhail Lesin was a Russian media czar who, at one time, was in Vladimir Putin’s inner circle of advisers. He created the Russian media company Russia Today (RT) and gathered enormous power while head of the media ministry.
He moved to the U.S., purchasing several properties in California and, along with his grown children, lived a life of luxury.
But on November 5, 2015, Lesin was found dead in his Washington, D.C., hotel room. And that’s where the coverup began.
Many of the details are still not clear. But a year-long investigation by the FBI and D.C. police finally yielded an answer. Lesin died as a result of several falls in his room brought about by excess drinking.
And if you believe that one, I’ve got a bridge over the Chicago River I’d like to sell you.
According to BuzzFeed, 18 former and current FBI and intelligence officials say that Lesin was brutally beaten and murdered — almost certainly by Russian intelligence. They discovered that the Justice Department paid for Lesin’s hotel room and that he had an interview scheduled the next day with DoJ.
That seems to happen far too frequently. Somebody wants to talk, somebody “kills themselves” by falling down on their fists repeatedly until dead. Or jumping out a small window, or dying of a heart attack, while in perfect health, etc.
I’m not a fan of Buzz Feed, but they have linked to a number of mainstream articles from reputable papers. One in particular caught my attention. When the Brits discovered an assassination plot and actually intercepted the armed Chechen hit man heading to the target. Instead of making the arrest, they just disarmed him and put him on a plane back to Russia.
How is that right?
What is going on? I think the USA and the Brits (and others) are stepping out of the way as Putin cleans up his detractors and opposition. If he’s doing it inside Russia we can complain but not do much about it. But Putin is doing it here and in Britain and it appears our leaders have decided to not challenge him. That’s a bad idea. Because if he does it and gets away with it, he’ll do it again. Who would want to come forward and tell the truth if this is the outcome?
I was a big fan of Tom Clancey and the escapades of his hit man “John Clark.” However, this is real life and people are dying because they oppose a world leader who figures ways to solve a problem including poison and beating someone to death.
Our side doesn’t seem to mind, which is really weird.
During and after his government tenure, Eberwein faced allegations of fraud and corruption on how the agency he headed administered funds. Among the issues was FAES’ oversight of the shoddy construction of several schools built after Haiti’s devastating Jan. 12, 2010, earthquake. But, according to Eberwein, it was the Clinton Foundation who was deeply in the wrong – and he intended to testify and prove it on Tuesday.
But he is dead, and nothing changes.
Putin, Hillary, Barack and Bill. Different players, same outcome. Weird huh.
Legal Insurrection has a good summation of the situation- as of yesterday! Today, even more is coming out. As it does, I am developing a theory about what is going on. Bottom line is this- Putin didn’t care who won. All he wants is to create chaos and division in America so he could maneuver globally without America getting in the way.
It may be that the simplest explanation holds: This was a pitch by Veselnitskaya to lobby against the Magnitsky Act, and the promise of “official documents and information” showing that Hillary Clinton had improper collusion with Russia was just a ruse to get her in the door. Trump Jr. was happy to take the meeting for the same reason that Democratic operatives were happy to work with the Ukrainians — getting oppo research on your opponent is one of the things campaigns do. That foreign governments were involved didn’t seem to matter to either campaign, though the Clinton campaign was more savvy in keeping a distance of deniability.
Another simple theory is that this was a Russian espionage operation, an attempt to penetrate the Trump campaign, sound it out on collusion, maybe even collude. Jonathan Turley notes that this “simple” espionage theory makes no sense:
Let me try to sum up this theory.
The Russians decide to reveal their super secret clandestine effort to secure the presidency for Donald Trump. So they put together a high-ranking, high-visibility meeting at Trump Tower without knowing who would be at the meeting. They also allow a creepy publicist to send an email discussing the grand conspiracy. They then do a Charlie Brown football moment and do not actually disclose the promised incriminating evidence against Hillary Clinton. Does that track with any cognizable Russian intelligence operation? What possible advantage is there in revealing their operation, promising intel, and then not actually sharing anything of value? The Russians are not perfect but they are not morons. If this was Russian operation, we truly have over-estimated our opposition.
Russians do not usually set up meetings at places like Trump Tower with an unknown number of persons to discuss secret operations. Setting up such a meeting would give others leverage against the Russians by disclosing their operation. Russians are not known to hand over leveraging information, particularly for nothing in return. Spies are by their nature control nuts.
As more information has dribbled out, I’m becoming suspicious that all is not what it seems. I don’t pretend to have the answers to what really is going on, but a few developments have stirred questions.
The Russian lawyer who penetrated Donald Trump’s inner circle was initially cleared into the United States by the Justice Department under “extraordinary circumstances” before she embarked on a lobbying campaign last year that ensnared the president’s eldest son, members of Congress, journalists and State Department officials, according to court and Justice Department documents and interviews.
This revelation means it was the Obama Justice Department that enabled the newest and most intriguing figure in the Russia-Trump investigation to enter the country without a visa.
Later, a series of events between an intermediary for the attorney and the Trump campaign ultimately led to the controversy surrounding Donald Trump Jr.
Yet Veselnitskaya stayed far beyond the time period of her “parole immigration,” ended up at Trump’s doorstep, at congressional hearings, and all about town. Strange.
And as The Observer notes, Veselnitskaya and Hillary Clinton were on the same side of the issue, with a Bill Clinton connection:
In December 2015, TheWall Street Journalreported that Hillary Clinton opposed the Magnitsky Act while serving as secretary of state. Her opposition coincided with Bill Clinton giving a speech in Moscow for Renaissance Capital, a Russian investment bank—for which he was paid $500,000. “Mr. Clinton also received a substantial payout in 2010 from Renaissance Capital, a Russian investment bank whose executives were at risk of being hurt by possible U.S. sanctions tied to a complex and controversial case of alleged corruption in Russia.
Nothing is as it seems.
No better words spoken. Because today the Guardian has more information as the number of people at this clandestine meeting grows to at least six. As one person said, there is no way the Russian intelligence people are involved here, they are control freaks and secret meeting in public with six people is something they would not do. Especially if one of those people is a State Department approved Russian interpreter whom the Russian lawyer uses all the time.
The latest revelation came as news reports suggested there were at least eight attendees at the meeting, which occurred at Trump’s eponymous New York tower shortly after he effectively clinched the Republican presidential nomination. The presence of additional participants contradicted Trump Jr’s assertion this week to the Fox News host Sean Hannity that all of the information about the meeting had been publicly disclosed.
Late Friday, the identity of a seventh person in the room was revealed to be Anatoli Samochornov, a Russian-born American translator who was working with Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer initially at the center of the meeting. Veselnitskaya had previously informed the New York Times she was accompanied by a translator but would not provide his name. Ken Vogel, a reporter at the New York Times, revealed Samochornov’s identity during an appearance on MSNBC.
But it was the presence of Akhmetshin, now a pro-Moscow lobbyist, that raised new questions about the controversial meeting and its purpose. Akhmetshin dismissed reports that he has ties to Russian intelligence agencies as a “smear campaign”, but was described by the chairman of the Senate judiciary committee as an expert in “subversive political influence operations often involving disinformation and propaganda” this year.
In an interview with the AP, Akhmetshin said he had accompanied Veselnitskaya to Trump Tower in New York, where they met an interpreter who also participated in the meeting in June 2016. He told the news agency he had learned about the meeting only that day, when Veselnitskaya asked him to attend, and turned up in jeans and a T-shirt.
The AP reported: “During the meeting, Akhmetshin said Veselnitskaya brought with her a plastic folder with printed-out documents that detailed what she believed was the flow of illicit funds to the Democratic National Committee (DNC). Veselnitskaya presented the contents of the documents to the Trump associates and suggested that making the information public could help the Trump campaign, he said.
‘This could be a good issue to expose how the DNC is accepting bad money,’ Akhmetshin recalled her saying.”
According to Akhmetshin, Trump Jr asked Veselnitskaya if she had all the necessary evidence to supporting her claims. But when Veselnitskaya replied that the Trump campaign would need do further research, Trump Jr lost interest.
“They couldn’t wait for the meeting to end,” Akhmetshin told the AP, adding that he did not know if Veselnitskaya’s documents were provided by the Russian government.
The meeting was also attended by Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law, and Paul Manafort, then chairman of the Trump campaign. Akhmetshin said he recognised Manafort because they worked in “adjacent political circles” but never together.
He told the AP that the meeting was “not substantive” and he “actually expected more serious” discussion. “I never thought this would be such a big deal, to be honest.”
The meeting had been brokered by Rob Goldstone, a British music publicist whose clients include the Russian singer Emin Agalarov, an acquaintance of the Trump family.
So let’s summarize as of today’s information.
We know the Obama administration thought the Russians were meddling. But he didn’t warn either campaign. (Which is a lie. He told HRC’s crew and they developed the Trump/Russian collusion plan early.) We have the fake dossier created by Fusion GPS, which was funded by a Republican and then a Democrat (Who is a good question).
We have Fusion GPS being hired by a Russian firm that hired the Russian lawyer. So they know and work with each other. That is very suspicious. Especially now that the founder of Fusion GPS, Glenn Simpson, has decided he doesn’t want to testify in front of Congress after all. We have to wonder why not. It may be they will ask a question that puts him in a position where he has to lie- or give it up. And with Trump in charge, lying to Congress will get him prosecuted.
We have Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer, who has been working to reverse the Magnitsky Act, in order to free up assets and abilities for Russian oligarchs. To this end, she has been allowed to move freely throughout Washington, rubbing elbows and lobbying politicians on both sides of the aisle, without ONE peep from our intel agencies as her being a spy.
We have Loretta Lynch and the Obama State department allowing Natalia- forever now know as “Natasha” from Rocky and Bullwinkle- to enter the country with a waiver, so she can lobby against a bill Obama signed into law. Weird huh.
How the Left and dems and MSM see this. Natasha, Boris and Putin.
We have up to six or maybe more people in a twenty minute meeting where Donald Jr. was offered information on Hillary taking illegal Russian donations, but realized quickly that this was a bait and switch operation and the real issue was Natalia wanting to lobby for the reversal of the Act.
We have another Russian, a dual citizen and also a lobbyist who has made the round in Washington, in the meeting trying to influence the Trump campaign.
We have a State department authorized interpreter that works with Natalia/Natasha all the time.
And probably a few more we don’t know about yet.
Nothing in this meeting screams collusion or an attempt for secrecy. In fact, it is just the opposite. The Russian lawyer wanted to offer in trade for a later favor unverified documents that Hillary and the DNC were taking Russian money- which of course they probably were. Democrats project morals on others, they have none themselves.
Donald Jr rejected the offer by all accounts.
Unlike the HRC/Bill/Foundation money laundering schemes that netted them millions for their favors.
The MSM is going crazy.
Congressman Adam Schiff, who is truly a snake, says that Donald Jr should have informed the proper authorities.
Think about that. “The Proper Authorities“…. Who would that be? Loretta Lynch- who let the Russian attorney in, and met with Bill Clinton on a tarmac to assure him his wife would not be charged for the crimes she committed? Comey, who made the FBI look like fools covering for HRC and other’s crimes? Obama? The guy who openly stated prior to any FBI conclusions that Hillary was innocent. The DNC that shopped around a fake Russian dossier they got from the Russians (uh wait, what? But I thought dealing with the Russians was.. ) and is the target of the documents?
And Donald Jr was supposed to turn over a list of DNC/Russian money laundering incidents.
What as Natalia/Natasha’s purpose? Read the Powerlineblog article.
It’s clear that Natalia Veselnitskaya pulled a bait-and-switch on Donald Trump, Jr. She induced him to a meeting with the promise of information that could be used against Hillary Clinton, but delivered no such information. Instead, she used the meeting to lobby the son of the presumptive Republican nominee for president on the supposed evils of the Magnitsky Act.
That Act blacklists Russians who were determined to have engaged in certain human rights violations. It is named for Sergei Magnitsky, a Russian attorney who, after reporting large-scale Russian corruption, was arrested and died in custody under suspicious circumstances.
All of this has been widely discussed. What’s less noted, presumably because it’s not part of the “collusion” story, is the wide-ranging nature of Veselnitskaya’s anti-Magitsky Act lobbying effort around the same time she met with Trump, Jr.
Yep. Here is a video of an interview of Mr Browder. He lays out why Natalia is here, and why Putin wants it changed.
Does any of the MSM channels care about the truth? Of course not. This is their job. Even has their own reporters fall from Trump fatigue.
CNN’s reverts to it base instincts.
Eric Erickson, a solid never Trumper, also points out that this was a set up.
This will not get nearly as much coverage as Donald Trump, Jr. meeting with Natalia Veselnitskaya, but it does raise the issue of whether Democrats and Russians were as collaborative as the Democrats claim the Trump team was. There is a remarkably small degree of separation between Natalia Veselnitskaya and Fusion GPS, the Democrat opposition research firm that came up with the Trump dossier.
In 2012, the Russian government started hiring hordes of Washington law firms, lobbyists, political strategist, and others to get the Magnitsky Act repealed. The act, named for Sergei Magnitsky, sought to hold the Russian government accountable for the man’s death. Mr. Magnitsky was a lawyer who uncovered massive tax fraud in Russia. He was arrested, tortured while in prison, and died.
One of the law firms hired by Russia to work on repeal is Baker Hostetler, which also has ties to Glenn Simpson’s Fusion GPS. According to Senator Chuck Grassley, who wants Fusion GPS officials to testify before the Senate, Fusion GPS was also involved with the Russians over the Magnitsky Act. Senator Grassley’s office notes “Despite the reported evidence of their work on behalf of Russian interests, neither Fusion GPS nor Akhmetshin are registered as foreign agents under the Foreign Agent Registration Act (FARA).”
Grassley continued, “Fusion GPS was apparently simultaneously working on the unsubstantiated dossier alleging collusion between Trump presidential campaign associates and Russia” while helping Russia with the Magnitsky Act. It also appears the FBI was willing to pay Christopher Steele, the former spy, who helped Fusion GPS compile the dossier.
Now, let me quote directly from the Chuck Grassley press release on Fusion GPS with the major, relevant portions highlighted:
In 2013, the Justice Department opened a case to seize the U.S. assets of Russian-owned Prevezon Holdings, which received millions of dollars from the theft and used it to purchase real estate in New York, according to the department’s complaint. In response, Prevezon Holdings and the Kremlin launched a campaign to undermine the Magnitsky Act and discredit Magnitsky’s claims of corruption, according to a 2016 complaint by Hermitage CEO William Browder. Fusion GPS and Rinat Akhmetshin, among others, were involved in the pro-Russia campaign in 2016, which involved lobbying congressional staffers to attempt to undermine the Justice Department’s account of Magnitsky’s death and the crime he uncovered, repeal the Magnitsky Act itself, and delay efforts to expand it to countries beyond Russia, according to Browder’s complaint. Akhmetshin, a Russian immigrant, has reportedly admitted to being a “soviet counterintelligence officer,” and has a long history of lobbying the U.S. government for pro-Russia matters. Fusion GPS was reportedly tasked with generating negative press coverage of Browder and Hermitage.
In addition to working for Prevezon Holdings and working against William Browder, just like Fusion GPS was doing, Veselnitskaya also had dealings with Rinat Akhmetshin, the founder of the Human Rights Accountability Global Initiative Foundation. As noted above, Akhmetshin was named by Senator Grassley as sharing work with Fusion GPS against Browder. In a letter to the Department of Justice, Senator Chuck Grassley says this about Akhmetshin:
It is particularly disturbing that Mr. Akhmetshin and Fusion GPS were working together on this pro-Russia lobbying effort in 2016 in light of Mr. Akhmetshin’s history and reputation. Mr. Akhmetshin is a Russian immigrant to the U.S. who has admitted having been a “Soviet counterintelligence officer.” In fact, it has been reported that he worked for the GRU and allegedly specializes in “active measures campaigns,” i.e., subversive political influence operations often involving disinformation and propaganda. According to press accounts, Mr. Akhmetshin “is known in foreign policy circles as a key pro-Russian operator,” and Radio Free Europe described him as a “Russian ‘gun-for-hire’ [who] lurks in the shadows of Washington’s lobbying world.” He was even accused in a lawsuit of organizing a scheme to hack the computers of one his client’s adversaries.
As you know, Fusion GPS is the company behind the creation of the unsubstantiated dossier alleging a conspiracy between President Trump and Russia. It is highly troubling that Fusion GPS appears to have been working with someone with ties to Russian intelligence –let alone someone alleged to have conducted political disinformation campaigns– as part of a pro-Russia lobbying effort while also simultaneously overseeing the creation of the Trump/Russia dossier. The relationship casts further doubt on an already highly dubious dossier.
Radio Free Europe has a story noting Akhmetshin’s group had hired Veselnitskaya as an attorney:
Read the rest. The bottom line is Trump was being pursued by the Left. I think the plan was to have HRC win, then use the compliant media and the intel “deep state” leaks, along with the HRC DOJ harassment to destroy Donald Trump forever. Imagine how bad it would get for him and what that would do to anyone else who thought they could run against the “machine.”
But Trump won. He has the power and more importantly, access to the files. He needs to stay the course and then plan to do what he has to do to bring them to justice.
If I were him, I would go scorched earth on anyone I thought had something to do with this. For example, I would order all the agencies to compile all contacts any politician/bureaucrat/official had with any foreign representative dividing the contacts by time/date/context. Then take that information and release it on an open website for all citizens to see. No exemptions. You want to see how many times Senator Feinstein or Schumer or McCain met with the Russians? Just take a look. That will keep them busy for years!
Then I would assign the FBI/DOJ taskforce to look into this Fusion GPS/Natalia/Russian lobbying effort and see if any laws were broken. If so, they get to go to jail. And finally, if by chance those records Natalia offered were accurate, assign the FBI/DOJ investigate any illegal donations to the DNC and pursue charges.
Basically, burn their playhouse down! They went after his kid. That’s war.
Erik Erickson finishes up with the exact questions which should direct any investigation.
There are three questions reporters should be asking right now.
What is the relationship between Glenn Simpson, Fusion GPS and Natalia Veselnitskaya?
Did Veselnitskaya serve as a source for the “Trump Dossier”?
Who retained Veselnitskaya to attempt to meet with Donald Trump, Jr.?
One final point: the issue is not whether this excuses Donald Trump, Jr. for poor judgment. The issue is whether certain Democrats were collaborating with Russians at a time Democrats claim the Trump campaign was collaborating with Russians. Both sides should have been dubious of Russians bearing gifts and it looks increasingly likely that neither side was. The Democrats could be trying to undermine Donald Trump with as much help from the Russians as they claim Trump received from Russia.