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.

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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.

Chuck & Nancy can’t defend their wall ‘outrage’

President Trump in his Oval Office speech on Tuesday night gave his most presidential appearance of his term.

Trump was passionate and reserved as he pointed out to the American people the dire need for border security. He concisely pointed out the carnage and mayhem being brought upon this country because of illegal aliens.

His best line of the night centered on the morality of building a wall. “People don’t build walls because they hate the people on the outside, they build walls because they love the people on the inside,” the President said.

Now realizing of course that we are too far down the shutdown road for this, but liberal left politicians spend $5 billion in a cocaine heartbeat on their different agendas.

So if it’s not the amount of money needed for the wall, what is the Democrats rational for not funding the President’s request besides not giving him an important victory now?

Neither Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer nor House Speaker Nancy Pelosi were able to inform the American people why they were against building the wall.

“It’s not as dangerous” as the President says. Is not an answer for the California police officer’s family and others cite by the President.

I’ll venture a guess as to why the liberals are against effective border security. The same reason the European Union is being overrun by Muslims. The globalists’ open borders agenda has brought out the yellow vests in force throughout France, Belgium and Germany to name a few.

Closing the border effectively would also reduce the Democratic Party’s ability to maintain its viability to recruit new members.

While all the parties will meet Wednesday to discuss further funding for border security,  nothing will come of it. So the ball will be in Trump’s court to declare a national emergency or a limited military action at the border to finish building sections not already funded and being constructed.

Chuck and Nancy chose the hill they wanted to die on, but could not give the American people the real reason for this futile effort.

It’s time for the President to move on to more important matters.

Trust Sessions to shine sunlight on unredacted FISA documents

As I wrote on Tuesday, the ramifications of the glorious Constitutional Day of September 17th announcement to declassify the FISA application documents, I neglected one big move.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has notified Supreme Court Chief Judge John Roberts and Associate Judge Clarence Thomas that he no longer is recusing himself in the Russian collusion matters.

I assume upon release of the FISA documents relating to Carter Page, Sessions will announce that a non-partisan probe has concluded the Trump administration had no involvement with the Russians during the 2016 election and that he as chief law enforcement officer in the US will now pursue charges against the Obama administration for its complicit actions to sway the election for Hillary Clinton.

The Sessions recusal was really about allowing and documenting the illegal actions of those in the Department of Justice and FBI to continue unimpeded. Then once there was sufficient documentation of the systemic rot within the upper levels of both agencies the hammer dropped.

How do I know this is true? Look at the reactions from Democrats to the Trump announcement on declassifying the FISA documents. They use words like UNLAWFUL, DANGEROUS, LAWLESS, PROFOUND ALARM. For the Dems all these words ring true, but for Americans allowing sunlight in can only help disinfect these treasonous acts.

In a letter addressed to Dan Coats, the Director of National Intelligence, Rod Rosenstein, Asst. Attorney General and Christopher Wray, FBI Director, Sens. Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi and Mark Warner along with Rep. Adam Schiff deplore the intelligence chiefs to ignore the presidential directive.

And then the letter goes on to say that “the Gang Of Eight,” referring to themselves and others “should be briefed in person.” Really, you want to call yourself the Gang of Eight? Are you an offshoot of MS-13?

While many say Rosenstein is history if he bucks the president’s order on declassifying the FISA application, it is no longer his call. Sessions will be the president’s point man now. That’s why he communicated with SCOTUS.

It’s all about Sessions now. Trust Sessions.

Silicon Valley execs anti-social behaviors

So Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter’s Jack Dorsey walk up that long staircase to the principal’s office today to tell Congress their companies are not:

  • monopolies.
  • liberally biased
  • offshoots of secret DARPA projects

While none of that is true Sandberg and Dorsey have the decency to show up. Google did not wish to have its CEO defend the company and said it would send a lawyer/policy wonk in his stead.

In fact Dorsey is the only CEO as Sandberg is only the adult in charge over Mark Zuckerberg.

What must end, but won’t as a result of this hearing is the absolute power these and other Silicon Valley firms have over amassing data on Americans. The idea that a curiosity on beekeeping can follow you across the net for several days as you look at different sites on different devices only scratches the service of what social media/government knows about us.

Without any need to notify us except with a 400-page Terms and Conditions document you must check when you sign up to say you understand your privacy is lost.

California Senator Nancy Pelosi appears to be the guardian of Silicon Valley and its hundreds of thousands dollars in donations for her campaigns and private foundation. Pelosi went so far as getting on Twitter to mock her Republican colleagues who were complaining of being shadowbanned by tweeting that they just did not know how to use the service.

I don’t expect much from this testimony except to get the execs on the record with testimony that can then be used by anti-trust officials either in the Justice Department or the Federal Trade Commission to look into their operations further, which will occur in 2019.

No the big fireworks will happen down the hall either Wednesday or Thursday when, I believe, Representative Devin Nunes begins reading the unredacted FISA application into the Congressional Record.

This de-clas sets off the beginning of an avalanche that will see many indictments unsealed by Federal Attorney John Huber’s office.