How many federal grand juries of media leaks are going on?

We have known since just after Labor Day last year that former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe was being investigated for lying under oath and leaking to journalists.

We have not heard the determination of the secret panel whether they issued indictments to charge McCabe for the crimes. McCabe is accused with lying to investigators, the same charge brought against Lt. Gen Michael Flynn. While Flynn was charged McCabe has not despite DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz recommending such charges in his report.

Earlier this week we also learned that James Baker the former General Counsel for the FBI, is under federal investigation for unauthorized media disclosures. The Connecticut US Attorney John Durham has impaneled a grand jury to look into leaks coming from Baker’s office.

Two congressmen James Jordan (R-Ohio) and Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) released the letter sent to Durham concerning his Baker probe.

As previously reported here, the letter mentions two reporters—David Corn of Mother Jones and Franklin Foer, a writer for The Atlantic who worked for Slate during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Both reporters posted explosive stories on October 31, 2016 about Trump’s alleged ties to Russia. Corn’s article is mostly about the dossier and clearly sourced by Christopher Steele, but his piece also references Foer’s article alleging unusual activity between a Trump organization email server and Alpha Bank, the largest private bank in Russia.

The Alpha Bank connection was one more cog in the manufactured Trump-Russia collusion plot that could also be traced back to Fusion GPS chief Glenn Simpson, according to the article.

So with all these federal probes going on of press leaks accusing presidential candidate at the time Donald Trump of having ties to the Russians, what media leak probe do we not know about?

There seems to be one involving the NY Times White House reporter and CNN commentator Maggie Haberman. Where is that secret grand jury probe located?

Stay tuned.

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Ocasio-Cortez is still running — after DC leadership

What does NY Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez mean for the country?

AOC — as she is known — has what many politicians don’t have: charisma and a plan, albeit a disastrous economic plan.

Her Green New Deal platform aims at eliminating carbon emissions in the US within 12 years and is partly funded by tax rates as high as 70 percent for the nation’s wealthiest.

Her idea of combating climate change with punitive tax rates is well received by the far left, which should not be a surprise, but AOC is not happy to stop there. She has taken to social media to push her idea further into the mainstream.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has her hands full with this freshman congresswoman. How she handles AOC will dictate plenty on AOC’s future. At 29 she is the youngest person ever in the House of Representatives.

Given her drive to chase Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell around Washington on Wednesday to get an audience with him — press in tow — tells you she has far bigger plans for herself than representing just her Brooklyn and Queens NY constituents.

With just days in office AOC has already made a name for herself and her placement on the House Financial Services committee should give her some more TV air time.

While AOC may be the new face of change in Washington, my guess is that some in the Democratic leadership are looking for someone to run against her in less than two years to get this stinging bee out of their bonnet.

However, by the next election rolls around she may already be running for the Senate from NY. Nothing will surprise me when it comes to AOC.

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.

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.