GOP senators alert Barr to allegations that dirty cop-Mueller team misrepresented emails

by Catherine Herridge and Andrew O’Reilly

{ } ~ Shortly before Special Counsel dirty cop-Robert Mueller filed his report on the Russia investigation last month… Sens. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., alerted Attorney General Bill Barr to what they described as the “selective” use of emails in dirty cop-Mueller court filings — as well as potential “improper political influence, misconduct, and mismanagement” in the FBI’s original Russia probe. In a March 8 letter, Grassley and Graham referred Barr to a letter sent to dirty cop-Mueller in late 2017 that alleged his investigators had cherry-picked details from emails to include in court documents, urging him to review the materials. They also notified him that they had asked DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz a year earlier to review the original FBI probe. It’s unclear if Barr reviewed the senators’ letter; a DOJ representative declined to comment on the missive. But Fox News is told the lawmakers wanted Barr to have this material before he reviewed the dirty cop-Mueller report, out of concern some emails were selectively quoted to give a “nefarious” impression. Fox News has also obtained the 2017 letter from Grassley to dirty cop-Mueller, which spelled out the lawmakers’ concerns about the “absence of additional context” in the court filings — as well as concerns over how those documents were covered in the media. “The glaring lack of context feeds speculation and innuendo that distorts the facts,” Grassley wrote at the time…



Turkey Is NATO’s Biggest Problem, Not Trump

by Sumantra Maitra

{ } ~ As the North Atlantic Treaty Organization turns 70, most of the commentary is focused on the same old tripe… In the Washington Post, diplomat Nick Burns wrote one of the most cliched screeds, titled “NATO’s biggest problem is Trump.” One could imagine where it was going merely from the headline. Apparently, NATO leaders say Trump is a problem. Well, of course—Trump has been the first one to actually pressure free-riders to pay for their own defense. Who in his right mind would like that his buck passing is over? The article also says Trump was weak to Russia, and must do more to uphold the liberal international order. It did not mention that the current U.S. administration has provided lethal weapons to Ukraine, while Germany continued to cut down on defense spending and invite the Russian energy sector into the European Union. The rest of the commentariat on NATO and Trump are also absolutely predictable. Unfortunately, none of their articles are mentioning anything about the biggest issue facing NATO. It’s not Trump, it’s Turkey. The Turkish husband of a French colleague of mine was arrested in the purge that followed a failed Turkish coup attempt. He has a doctorate, is a senior police officer, is secular and liberal in his outlook, and, of course, is still rotting in jail. The coup itself was dodgy, and Turkish leader Recep Erdogan, Europe’s longest-serving, democratically elected Islamist, immediately blamed a cleric named Fethullah Gulen, who is funnily enough based in the United States…


The Top Ten Evilest People of All-Time A list.

by Larry Alex Taunton

{} ~ Have you ever wondered who the evilest people to ever walk this earth are? Adolf Hitler always seems to be the go-to reference in such conversations… It is a difficult thing to quantify. Do we do it statistically — that is, according to who killed the most people — or should it be based on their evil influence on history? My list relies on both. Of course, it’s totally subjective, but those making the Top Ten might surprise you. So, starting in reverse order, I give you a list of people who will make you feel better about yourself: 10. (tie) The Kims: Kim Il Sung, Kim Jong Il, and Kim Jong-un 9. The Sanhedrin of Jesus’ Day 8. Ivan Grozny 7. Vladimir Lenin 6. Muhammad 5. Adolf Hitler 4. Josef Stalin 3. Mao Zedong 2. Margaret Sanger and the number 1. Karl Marx. To our knowledge, Karl Marx never personally killed anyone. No doubt you could sit down with him, enjoy a good German beer, argue the dialectic, and leave physically intact. But Marx is the author of one of the greatest evils to be set loose on humanity.


Are Russia and China Really Forming an Alliance?

by Leon Aron

{ } ~ In March of 1969, Chinese troops ambushed and killed a Soviet border patrol on an island near the Chinese-Russian border… Fighting on and near the island lasted for months and ended with hundreds of casualties. Fifty years later, the ferocity of the skirmish between Mao Zedong’s China and Leonid Brezhnev’s Soviet Union seems to belong to a very distant past—so distant, indeed, that many foreign-policy experts are convinced that an anti-U.S. alliance between the two countries is emerging. Yet even half a century on, such an assessment stretches the evidence beyond what it can bear. On closer inspection, Chinese-Russian economic, foreign policy, and military cooperation is less than impressive. The history of relations between the two countries is fraught, and they play vastly different roles in the world economy, making a divergence in their objectives all but unavoidable. In short, reports of a Russian-Chinese alliance have been greatly exaggerated. Economic relations between Russia and China are rapidly expanding, and some experts have cited these ties as evidence of a growing closeness between the two countries. Indeed, just last year, bilateral trade increased by at least 15 percent compared to 2017 and reached a record $100 billion. Yet asymmetries in the scale and structure of bilateral commerce suggest caution: although China is Russia’s second-largest trading partner (after the EU) and Russia’s largest individual partner in both exports and imports, for China the Russian market is at best second-rate. Russia ranks tenth in Chinese exports and does not make it into the top ten in either imports or total trade. The structure of the trade is similarly skewed. More than three-quarters of Russia’s exports to China are raw materials, specifically crude oil, wood, and coal. China’s sales to Russia are 45 percent consumer goods and 38 percent electronics and machinery. The completion this year of the Power of Siberia natural gas pipeline will further widen the disparity by facilitating the export of $400 billion worth of Russian raw materials to China over the next 30 years. The nature of this exchange corresponds quite closely to Karl Marx’s and Vladimir Lenin’s description of colonial trade, in which one country becomes a raw material appendage of another. It is rare for metropolises to ally themselves with their colonies. Russia’s and China’s efforts at joint economic development and investment do not look much like cooperation between two eager allies. Even after Moscow’s so-called pivot to the east, spurred by post-Crimea sanctions, from 2014 through 2018 China directly invested no more than $24 billion into its northern neighbor’s economy. During the same period, China invested $148 billion in sub-Saharan Africa including $31 billion in Nigeria alone, and $88 billion in South America including $34 billion just in Brazil…


In Stunning Upset, Turkish Opposition Takes Ankara, Istanbul

by Aykan Erdemir and Merve Tahiroglu

{ } ~ Turkey’s battered opposition secured key victories in Sunday’s municipal elections, winning back the mayorships of Ankara and Istanbul for the first time in 25 years… While the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) won the majority of total ballots cast nationwide, the results dealt a major blow to Turkey’s seemingly invincible President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Sunday’s elections were neither fair nor fully free, thanks to Erdogan’s use of government power to tilt the playing field in the AKP’s favor. Turkish media, almost entirely controlled by Erdogan, spared little time for the opposition’s campaign while providing ample fawning coverage of AKP efforts. The Turkish president also explicitly threatened opposition leaders and voters with court cases and the replacement of winning candidates with state-appointed trustees. The election process itself was mired in controversies related to irregularities in the voting and ballot-counting processes, and at least four people were killed during the election. Given the tilted playing field, the opposition made remarkable gains. As a third of the country’s provinces flipped on Sunday, the secular Republican People’s Party (CHP) won back eight provinces from the AKP, while Erdogan’s own ultranationalist allies snatched another seven from the party. The CHP now controls 21 out of 81 provinces, yet those 21 together account for almost half the country’s population and over 60 percent of its GDP. The share of the economy that AKP municipalities control shrank from 75 to 30 percent. Against all odds, meanwhile, the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) secured its rule in many Kurdish-dominated provinces. Branded as “terrorist” by Turkey’s leaders, and with thousands of its members in jail on trumped-up charges, the HDP managed to hold on to at least seven provinces, and even captured another, Kars, from the ultranationalists. Losing Ankara and Istanbul is both a symbolic and substantive defeat for Erdogan…


Mitch Goes Nuclear

Nate Jackson: He’s been threatening to do it for weeks, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell finally pressed the button on another version of the nuclear option over confirmation votes. The rule change limits debate on district judges and most executive nominees to only two hours instead of 30. The rules do not change for Cabinet nominees or for nominations to appellate courts and the Supreme Court.

“Our colleagues across the aisle have chosen to endlessly relitigate the 2016 election rather than actually participate in governing,” McConnell said. “This problem goes deeper than today. We’re talking about the future of this very institution and the future functioning of our constitutional government.”

Long story short, as our Brian Mark Weber explained last month, Democrats were using and abusing a procedure under which “any senator can hold up the process and force the Senate to engage in a lengthy debate on each nominee.” Obstructionist Democrats had employed this strategy to force extra debate time (which they often don’t even show up for) and cloture votes on more than five times as many of President Donald Trump’s nominees — both judicial and executive — as the last 12 administrations combined. That not only delays nominations, it slows all Senate business to a crawl.

As The Wall Street Journal editorial board observes, this has crossed over into the theater of the absurd: “McConnell has offered the example of President Trump’s nominee — drum roll, please — to the Federal Railroad Administration. Ronald Batory had worked in the railroad industry for 45 years and attracted no opposition, yet the Senate blocked his nomination for more than 200 days. Another classic: A cloture vote on a nominee to run the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Who knew seasonal adjustment could be so controversial?”

Everything is controversial when all Democrats have is “Hate Trump.”

Judicial fights in particular have dominated the Senate for years, primarily because Democrats keep turning up the heat on Republican presidents. But Democrats were the ones who nuked the filibuster on judicial nominees in 2013. At the time, McConnell warned, “I say to my friends on the other side of the aisle, you’ll regret this. And you may regret it a lot sooner than you think.”

McConnell, who also orchestrated entirely blocking Merrick Garland from the Supreme Court, was right — to the crocodile-tear caterwauling of the Democrats. By the way, these battles might not be so fierce if leftist judges hadn’t turned the judiciary into the despotic branch with fiat rulings contemptuous of the Constitution. ~The Patriot Post



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