Busy week: Huawei arrest, funeral dread and Whitaker’s relief appearance

There is so much going on this week I feel its appropriate to do what’s called a notes column on multiple news events.

The liberal left media is screaming about Trump’s DOJ requesting Canadian authorities to arrest China’s Huawei Technologies CFO Meng Wanzhou for the company’s violating Iran sanctions by trading with the country.

Why is this not Trump doing what is right against a firm that has been linked to spying on US citizens and stealing technology from American tech firms without paying royalties for the use.

No the media are saying Trump is trying to ignite further trade wars with China, which is taking down the stock market. If Trump did nothing it would then be China collusion.

Can’t win


Did you see some of the video of George H W Bush’s funeral on Wednesday?

There is a clip of Hillary Clinton opening up her program and an envelope falls out of it. She opens it and two seconds later puts it back in the envelope. Former President Jimmy Carter sitting next to her looks into his booklet to see if he has an envelope, which he did not, and asks his wife Rosalynn and she shakes her head no.

Then there is a clip of George W Bush’s wife Laura looking at a similar envelope given to her by her husband as her face grows dark. She shows her brother-in-law Jeb and his face goes from a slight smile to that of dread as his shoulders fall into his body.

Not sure what these notes said, but I’m sure it was not condolences.But we can assume the note was very short, due to the quickness of the readers reactions.

These were targeted messages to Hillary Clinton and Bush II, which was allowed to be inserted into their programs by their Secret Service detail.


The White House leaked Thursday that President Trump is considering nominating William Barr to be the next Attorney General.

Suggesting that Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker’s tenure will be similar to Anthony Scaramucci’s role as White House Director of Communications for 10 days to blow it up and get some troublesome staff to leave.

Whitaker will do the needed declassification of the FISA documents perhaps and then turn the office over to Barr who served as AG under Bush II.

It’s funny, I wasn’t aware that the president was a baseball fan, but he uses some staff as specialty relief pitchers, who come in to face one batter (or problem) and then leave the game.

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FISA release ends Mueller’s witch hunt

So why on Monday afternoon did special counsel Robert Mueller announce that former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort violate his plea deal by lying to the feds.

Just as a refresher Mueller’s team have a Manafort conviction on 8 counts of financial fraud that occurred prior to his involvement with the Trump campaign. He also took a plea agreement n September admitting to fraud and tax evasion over his lobbying work for a pro-Russian political party and politician in Ukraine. Again before being involved in the Trump campaign.

Part of the court filing from Monday stated: “After signing the plea agreement, Manafort committed federal crimes by lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Special Counsel’s Office on a variety of subject matters, which constitute breaches of the agreement,” Mueller’s team wrote in a 3-page filing.

No further information on what he lied about. The filing only stated that the lies would be revealed on a later date.

I’m not here to defend Manafort, who is a career political fixer and influencer, but I do question the timing of the filing.

It comes on the heels that Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker is about to release the FISA documents and ex-AG Loretta Lynch and ex-FBI chief James Comey are going to be brought in front of Congress to testify on actions pertaining to FISA court abuses. Only to be followed up by Federal prosecutor John Huber’s update to Congress on his probe into the Clinton Foundation.

These events scheduled for the beginning of next week should poke huge holes into Mueller’s working premise that the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians during the 2016 presidential election cycle.

What we can surmise from reports on the unredacted FISA documents is that the Democratic National Committee along with perhaps the Clinton Foundation provided funds to produce a report written by Christopher Steele with research help from Nellie Ohr (wife of DOJ staffer Bruce Ohr) and contributions from the British, Australian and New Zealand spy agencies (part of the Five Eyes program) to dupe the FISA court to get a warrant to spy on Trump campaign staffers and the Trump Tower offices.

Remember the first time the DOJ went before the court with Steele’s report the surveillance application was turned down. Only after the Obama Administration leaked the report to New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman and used her clippings as evidence that something was going on in the second application did the court issue the warrant.

So out of all this falsehood (and believe me I have only scratched the surface of this topic here) Robert Mueller is named special counsel by Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein in early 2017. And is it any wonder why we only see indictments and plea deals for actions that have occurred prior to the presidential campaign?

Between Whitaker and Huber we need to get the FISA documents out in the open for all to see and understand who the real colluders were. And it had nothing to do with the Russians, but everything to do with the Obama White House in cahoots with our “allies” to take down the Trump presidency.

Whitaker reigns in Mueller then President submits written answers

It appears that Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker has put a leash on Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Whitaker is constraining Mueller’s probe after Asst Attorney General Rod Rosenstein broaden the scope through “special articles” addendum that allowed the investigation to go down many avenues not germane to original orders.

I am assuming this is why we got the news that President Trump handed over his written responses to Mueller’s questions.

Once Mueller sent the queries to the President’s attorney on the matter, Rudy Giuliani, the White House could get a sense of the sprawl and wanderings Mueller’s team was poking around.

That’s when Whitaker was brought in to reign in Mueller to focus on the original mandate of the Special Counsel.

We also learned last night that the House Oversight Subcommittee on Government Operations will hold hearings on Dec. 5th to get an update on a probe from US Attorney General John Huber and the Justice Department into the Clinton Foundation.

We have had no leaks from Huber’s team, so this could be a great insight into what the US Attorney has been able to uncover over the 10 months.

I also assume that ranking member Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) will recommend that the Senate panel take over this part of the probe, so it is not squashed come January when control of the House and its committees come under Democratic control.

Get FISA out to change the narrative

Some people subscribe to the theory it is better to say “I’m sorry” than “may I”.

I say this as news broke overnight that Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker told Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham on Thursday that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation will proceed, according to a person familiar with the meeting.

The meeting between Graham and Whitaker comes as a some senators are pushing legislation to protect Mueller’s job since Whitaker has criticized in the past the sprawl of Mueller’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

I believe the Trump administration should take this under advisement and deploy the maxim I cited up top.

Would it not shake the world up if the administration released the original unredacted FISA warrants showing how the Democrats worked with the intelligence agencies both here and abroad to frame Trump and associates with Russian collusion.

It does not need to be an official release, but rather an informed leak followed up by an official announcement stating that while most of the story is quite true and we have documents that support it, the administration does not condone leaks and we demand ….

It changes the narrative and puts Democrats back on the defensive immediately. It also puts the Obama White House squarely in the midst of this scandal.

I’m not sorry to say this, but Mr. President, I say go for it.