About Michael Gray

Sunday Business Editor at The New York Post.

Great expectations on Trump’s ‘greatest achievement’

Judging from the responses to Tuesday’s post regarding President Trump’s “greatest achievement”  coming from the envelopes distributed at George H.W. Bush’s funeral mass, there is an appetite for more comment.

The president told Fox’s Jeanine Pirro in a weekend interview, “One day this will probably be my greatest achievement.” The president continued, “people will be exposed that nobody ever thought possible.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I believe this is the moment (above) where Laura Bush and Jeb Bush learned that George will work with the president on uncovering corruption and more in the federal government over the last 25 years.

The shock and awe on Laura’s and Jeb’s face after reading the note that was passed to Laura along with the quiet resignation on President Bush’s face speaks volumes on what his future may look like.

I wrote extensively about the funeral showing the videos of the notes being opened.

Not sure how or when George Bush will tell authorities what he knows of the malfeasance and possibly treasonous acts that took place in recent history and the possibility of revelations on the 9/11 attacks, however we will be waiting with bated breath.

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Trump’s greatest achievement may be in the envelopes

I’d like to reference President Trump’s appearance over the weekend with Fox’s Judge Jeanine Pirro.

Yes the president spoke about the border wall stalemate, but he referenced more than twice in the interview how the American people will find it surprising some of the people involved in the corruption.

Trump said “One day this will probably be my greatest achievement.” The president continued, “people will be exposed that nobody ever thought possible.”

Well I immediately thought back to my post on the George H.W. Bush funeral mass on Dec. 5, 2018 and the envelopes that were passed out and the horrifying reactions by most of the recipients to the notes.

These are the people nobody ever thought possible would be brought to justice. Bringing down corruption within the past 20-25 years would be the greatest achievement of any president or person.

At one point in the interview talking about declassifying FISA, he says after bringing up corruption in the Obama Justice Department while naming ex-FBI Director James Comey and staff members Peter Strzok and Lisa Page along with DOJ’s Peter McCabe, the president says there are “lots of names that I can’t say cause it would create front-page news.

I hope the president can bring about this “greatest achievement” for the benefit of the American people.

Is Wall St. behind the border wall stonewalling?

Let’s look at an alternative view of why the Democrats are fighting so hard to not fund the Mexican border wall.

As I have written before $5-$6 billion in funding is equivalent to running an aircraft carrier  group for a week, so it’s not about the money.

Let’s look at the principals behind this stonewalling (pun intended). Sen. Chuck Schumer is the voice of Wall Street banking in the Senate. Rep. Nancy Pelosi has Silicon Valley just to her south. In this matter it’s the newer financial products, which allow digital transfers, that have a vested interest in cross-border payments.

What would a wall do to the money flows over the border? How would the wall change cash inflows to the US banking system?

President Trump in his Oval Office address last week said: “The border wall would very quickly pay for itself. The cost of illegal drugs exceeds $500 billion a year. Vastly more than the $5.7 billion we have requested from Congress.”

Well all that cash winds up in the US banking system eventually.

So between legal and illegal trading profits moving over the border and US banking firms counting on that additional liquidity to fund other revenue streams, you could make a case that larger forces are at play over the funding of the wall to keep the status quo.

This explanation makes more sense from the point of view of the protracted stalemate going on right now.

What’s that old expression? Follow the money.

FBI lawyer Lisa Page’s congressional testimony

A very important story came out on Friday from Jeff Carlson. I read it then but needed more time to research it, since it is quite a bit to go over.

Carlson received the transcripts of two closed-door testimonies by Lisa Page, the former assistant general counsel at the FBI from July 2018. I am only touching on one aspect of the transcripts, if interested please click on link to view the complete article.

Among the key revelations in the transcript is Obama CIA Director John Brennan’s early involvement in disseminating the information that would ultimately wind up in the Steele dossier. Brennan briefed President Obama in early August 2016 and Democratic leader Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada some days later.

These meeting are almost a month before the FBI would find out about the dossier and launch “Crossfire Hurricane” its probe resulting from the Steele dossier.

In Brennan’s earlier congressional testimony he stated: “In consultation with the White House, I personally briefed the full details of our understanding of Russian attempts to interfere in election to congressional leadership, specifically Senators Harry Reid, Mitch McConnell, Dianne Feinstein and Richard Burr; and to Representatives Paul Ryan, Nancy Pelosi, Devon Nunes and Adam Schiff between 11, August and 6, September.”

So what comes from Page’s testimony, which is the most surprising to me, is that the FBI “Crossfire Hurricane” probe into Russian collusion was a top down investigation perhaps ordered from the Obama White House resulting from CIA Director Brennan’s briefing.

Then FBI begins looking into the Steele Dossier, although they believe they are initiating the probe since Steele is an FBI asset.

Please give the full article a read.

Here are some other key findings from the testimony:

  • The FBI appears to have considered investigating President Trump for obstruction of justice both before and after FBI Director James Comey was fired.
  • Page says the DOJ refused to pursue “gross-negligence” charges against Hillary Clinton over her use of a private email server to send classified information.
  • FBI agent Michael Gaeta, head of the Eurasian Crime Squad, who received the dossier from former MI6 spy Steele in July 2016 is referred to in the transcript as Steele’s handler.
  • The FBI maintained a previously unknown verification file for the Steele dossier. Congressional investigators did not previously know of its existence.
  • John Carlin, the head of the DOJ’s National Security Division, was kept abreast of the FBI’s investigative activities through contact with then-Deputy FBI Director McCabe.
  • Page worked directly for DOJ official Bruce Ohr for at least five years and had met his wife, Nellie, once.
  • The role of FBI Agent Jonathan Moffa and DOJ official George Toscas may have been greater than initially assumed.

RBG on the watch

We have a post at 3:19 am Friday below.

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And then 17 minutes later we have the long repost on Ruth Bader Ginsberg and her activist judicial history prior to joining SCOTUS.
There is not confirmation of RBG passing at 7am EST Friday, however that may come very soon perhaps. according to an earlier post 3:15 was the time on a watch
More later as news develops.