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Sunday Business Editor at The New York Post.

Notre Dame Cathedral blaze 11th French church to be desecrated over Lent

Notre Dame Cathedral burned on this holiest of weeks for the Catholic church. It is not the Catholic church to be damaged in France this year.

In fact it is the 10th holy place to be desecrated since Feb.

This gothic bastion that marked the beginning of western civilization out of the Dark Ages was begun in 1162 and largely completed by 1260, had Christians around the world feeling heartbroken as they watch the blaze take down its famous spires.

Surely its too early to determine a cause — although mainstream media rushed to conclusion that it was a result of construction going on at the fabled cathedral.

However St. Sulpice —  the second-largest church in Paris, after Notre Dame — had a  large wooden door set on fire on St. Patrick’s Feast Day. Parisian fire officials confirmed that the fire was arson.

How many more Catholic churches have to be desecrated in France with feces smeared on walls, urine found in holy water, statues smashed and churches ransacked before authorities take up a large-scale investigation?

 

 

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Assange’s US charge has nothing to do with Clinton emails, Seth Rich

The arrest of Julian Assange last week after being thrown out of the Ecuadorean embassy in London has so many moving parts that there is much confusion over what it means.

The Swedish authorities dropped the original charges against him for an alleged date rape. The London police have him on a process charge of failing to show up for a hearing concerning the extradition on the Swedish charge.

The US has a single federal indictment in eastern Virginia district on unauthorized access of a computer saying Assange allegedly helped then-Bradley Manning crack a password.

The feds do not have hard evidence it was Assange on the other end of the computer working with Manning. The Obama administration commuted Manning sentence, so there is no pressure on Manning to testify in the case.

Nevertheless, the feds are seeking extradition to the US on the charge, which was filed by the Trump Justice department in 2018. The feds are also seeking an extension to the statute of limitation on the charge through a global terrorism exemption.

So what does this all mean? If the case goes forward, there will be no mention of Clinton campaign emails, no mention of how Wikileaks came by the emails. No Seth Rich, no Russian hack, nothing to do with the 2016 release of data.That will not be part of any Assange trial.

I do look for a rather quick decision by the London courts to grant extradition since the US has the strongest — albeit weak in evidence — charge against Assange.

However the end game on this chess match is very unclear right now.

Do them Dems really want Assange to talk?

I found it very funny that on Wednesday the Attorney General of the United States William Barr told a Senate committee he had a belief that the Trump presidential campaign was spied upon.

While this should have created a media firestorm, mainstream media ignored the story for the most part as I wrote Thursday about the New York Times coverage.

Nevertheless, the Deep State needed to assure there would be little coverage going forward, so after seven years of being holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy Julian Assange was thrown out by the South American country and arrested by London police.

with that the Friday morning news is all about Assange with no follow-up on AG Barr’s comments. Case closed for now.

We know from the Q drops that Assange has plenty of information regarding illegal acts perpetrated by the Democrats leading into the 2016 election including Hillary Clinton’s illegal computer server containing classified information.

The Clinton campaign alleged that the Russians hacked the illegal server and that’s how Wikileaks obtained all the emails, but from the drops we are told that a staffer downloaded the files to a thumb drive.

That staffer was Seth Rich, who was murdered in an “attempted robbery” in DC  on Sunday, July 10, 2016, at 4:20 am. Nothing was taken from him in the robbery. His wallet, phone and keys were all found in his possession. His death is still an unsolved case in DC.

So now that Assange is in custody in London and the Department of Justice is making an application to have him brought to the US to face charges related to how Wikileaks obtained other classified information through Chelsea Manning’s hacks.

Will we also find out more information on the Clinton campaign’s pre-2016 election crimes?

Time will tell.

How many Obama cronies will fail the Barr?

Attorney General William Barr dropped a bombshell in front of a Senate panel Wednesday saying he believes the Trump campaign was spied upon during the 2016 presidential election.

Readers of Gray’s Economy are probably saying it’s about time, since I have written this story a number of times.

“I think spying did occur.” Barr testified before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee, adding that “Spying on a political campaign is a big deal.”

On Tuesday before a House panel Barr hinted at the spying accusation. He stated he set up a team to investigate the origins of the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign.

On Wednesday, Barr walked back his remarks about setting up a team for an investigation of the FBI and appeared to be looking only at the ex-Director James Comey’s office and his staff.

“This is not launching an investigation of the FBI,” he stressed. “Frankly, to the extent there were issues at the FBI, I do not view it as a problem of the FBI. I think it was probably a failure of the group of leaders — the upper echelons of the FBI. I think the FBI is an outstanding organization and I am very pleased Director Chris Wray is there.”

Barr’s testimony on spying is a prelude to the release of Justice Department watchdog Michael Horowitz’s report on FISA court abuses coming in a few weeks.

However a word search on New York Times web site at 7am Thursday morning shows no  Barr story on the homepage detailing his testimony. I find that very interesting news judgement.

The Attorney General — under oath in front of the Senate committee — states that a presidential campaign was spied upon by the outgoing administration and there is no mention of it on the nytimes.com homepage.

FBI’s Baker was “freaked out” by Clinton biases inside DOJ, FBI

On Tuesday closed-door testimony from FBI General Counsel James Baker was released by Representative Doug Collins (R-Ga).

Baker in blockbuster admissions spoke of the whitewashing of Hillary Clinton’s abuses with classified documents on her home server and the destruction of those devices to cover up her violations under the Espionage Act.

However, Comey and others in the Department of Justice swayed Baker away from pursuing any charges against the Democratic presidential candidate.

Baker believed and testified to the fact that Clinton should have been prosecuted for her acts in 2015 for obstruction of justice, at the least, for destroying evidence under the Espionage Act.

Comey’s top lawyer also gave damning testimony on the Russian Dossier and the top-level FBI biases against presidential candidate Donald Trump. Baker says he was “quite worried that the investigation may be driven by political biases.”

Baker — under oath — told of his personal relationship with a top lawyer at Perkins Coie, who was one of several different actors, that brought the Clinton campaign paid for Russian Dossier to his attention. Perkins Coie was the law firm representing the Clinton campaign.

Alleged journalist David Corn working for Yahoo was another actor that spoke to Baker about the dossier and how the FBI should launch an investigation into the Trump campaign.

Lastly, Baker told lawmakers behind closed doors how Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was very serious when Rosenstein suggested he would wear a wire and meet with President Trump in order to spy on and gather evidence to remove the president under the 25th Amendment rule.

So what we have here is sworn testimony on how the Deep State attempted to pervert the 2016 presidential election with lies and cover ups and yet I see no story on NYTimes.com even making not of the story.

If the tables were turned it would be a page one banner headline.