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.


Weiner’s ‘insurance’ files cited in DOJ Inspector General’s report

The convicted perverted pedophile Anthony Weiner’s head is popping up again as the possible keystone linking the Clinton Foundation to horrendous acts against children around the world.

In the June 2018 Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report former assistant director of the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division, Randy Coleman, wrote in his notes  “Crimes Against Children” in connection with the digital devices confiscated from ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner, husband of Hillary Clinton’s top aide Huma Abedin.

Coleman’s notes on Oct. 4, 2016 state:

(1) Anthony Wiener [sic]
(2) [Unrelated]
(3) Wiener [sic] – texting 15 yo – Sexually Explicit
9/26 – Federal SW – IPhone/IPAD/Laptop
Initial analysis of laptop – thousands emails
Hillary Clinton & Foundation
Crime Against Children

On Sept. 26, 2016 the FBI obtained a search warrant for Weiner’s iPhone, iPad and laptop computer to investigate further the charges of “transmitting obscene material to a minor, sexual exploitation of children, and activities related to child pornography.”

Weiner pleaded guilty to texting obscene material to a 15-year-old girl. He was not charged with possession of child pornography or other related charges, however. The disgraced pervert was sentenced to 21 months in a federal prison in September 2017.

After obtaining Weiner’s devices, NYPD detectives and FBI agents also uncovered over 300,000 emails, many were communications between Weiner’s wife, Huma Abedin, and Hillary Clinton.The folder’s name on Weiner’s laptop that contained many of the missives was allegedly called “insurance”.

Soon after Coleman wrote these notes, which he told the Inspector General, “likely represent information he was briefed on, first thing in the morning by his subordinates in the Criminal Investigative Division.” Coleman meet with then-FBI Director James Comey at 9AM according to Comey’s calendar.

When asked by the Inspector General numerous ways about this meeting and showing Comey Coleman’s notes, Comey replied he did not recall the meeting.

A timeline for the fall fireworks and Gitmo

President Trump speaking last night at a rally in Indiana said this about Hillary Clinton.

“Look what she is getting away with, bit let’s see if she gets away with it? Let’s see.”

He went on further to say: “All I can say is, our Justice Department and our FBI, at the top of each because inside they have incredible people, but our Justice Department and our FBI have to start doing their job and doing it right and doing it now because people are angry,” Trump said.

“What’s happening is a disgrace. And at some point, I wanted to stay out, but at some point if it doesn’t straighten out properly, I want them to do their job, I will get involved and I’ll get in there if I have to.”

In March the White House issued a new Executive Order altering some language to the Uniform Code of Military Justice so that the detention center at Naval Base Guantanamo Bay will remain lawfully open superseding an earlier Obama administration order. Some of the sections of the Executive Order goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2019. Continue reading

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss

You say you want a revolution, well you know they don’t want to change the world.

As we move through the President-elect Donald Trump’s news of possible cabinet members, we are not seeing the independence of the candidate that many followers had hoped for.

Traditionally, we are about a week from the first cabinet selection, which is Secretary of State followed by Treasury and Defense in short order.

News has floated out that former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s name has surfaced. This is another party stalwart who criticized Trump as being unfit to hold office.

I understand there are limited choices for these positions within the Trump campaign since it was built on being outsiders, but it looks to me like: Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

This administration’s selection process has a spotlight on the Attorney General selection simply because of the pending probe of Hillary Clinton’s email scandal and looking into the Clinton Foundation. However, it appears that Trump is backing away from pursuing this line of query, which is part of the non-revolution I cited in the lead.

The former great comedian Bill Hicks, whose comedy was even edgier than George Carlin, I believe had a great skit but I can’t locate on the web, about any incoming president and the process before he takes office.

Hicks said a day after the results of the election are official, the President-elect is taken to an undisclosed location and is shown the Kennedy assassination film, but not the Zapruder film we all know, but this film is from the shooter’s perspective. After viewing the film the men in the room ask, “Any questions?”

While all great comedy is rooted in reality, seeing Trump after the election, I have to wonder if it is the enormity of the situation that has changed his demeanor. There’s one thing to be presidential, there’s quite another to leave your personality and what got you into the White House at the door.

That said, I will reserve some judgement until we see the actual selections probably starting late next week. But the words and actions coming from the Trump camp right now don’t give me much promise of the campaign’s rhetoric of draining the swamp.

Stocks all-time highs on all-time low sentiment

So Thursday we had all three major US stock indices hit all-time highs. This last occurred at the end of 1999, just before the Internet bubble burst and the Nasdaq lost more than 50% of its value.

Are we on a similar trajectory?

Some signs point to this rally getting long in the tooth.

  • Inside trading — executives buying their company’s stock is all time low.
  • Equity volume is also at multi-years low even compared to other summer trading volumes.
  • Consumer confidence and comfort polls are at multi-years lows.

These levels do not portend to be positive for a further move up in equities.

That does not stop some Wall Street analysts to put out reports that Dow 20K is just around the corner, which is only 1,200 points away from this morning’s opening level.

Where do I see markets in the next 6 months?

The bias is to go higher as the Fed will continue its low-interest rate policy, which allow company’s to cheaply finance stock buybacks. With Bank of England doing QE again and perhaps the Fed starting up a new QE after the election, I would say Dow 20K is baked in for the next 6 months.

The one caveat would be the election. Since this presidential cycle is so beyond any other for comparison, it would be hard to develop a stock plan since so much is up in the air and developments could tip stocks in either direction.

The developments could be, but not limited to:

Hillary Clinton’s legal woes from classified email hack revelations to a probe of the Clinton Foundation. Either of these revelations could throw her campaign into a downward spin.

Donald Trump’s continuing off-the-cuff comments alienating voters and Republican supports could ignite a stronger third-party candidate or having him drop out.

Any of these developments could gyrate stocks in either direction.

So where will equities sit six months from now? I’ll say higher, but not much higher from today’s 18613 level on the Dow Jones industrial average.