Friday, December 6, 2019

Judicial Watch: Court Rejects FBI Effort to Keep Secret Records about FBI-Clinton Lawyer Meeting on Russia

(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that U.S. District Judge James E. Boasberg denied a Justice Department effort to block the release of any communications between former FBI General Counsel James Baker and Michael Sussmann, a Perkins Coie law partner and former DOJ attorney, who reportedly met with Baker to share information targeting Donald J. Trump during the presidential campaign. While at Perkins Coie, Sussmann represented the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Hillary Clinton’s campaign during the time Perkins Coie secretly paid for the development of the anti-Trump dossier the DOJ used to obtain FISA warrants to spy on the Trump campaign.  The court specifically rejected the FBI’s argument that it needed to protect the “privacy” of Hillary Clinton’s lawyer.

In March 2019, Judicial Watch filed suit after the FBI failed to respond to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request dated October 5, 2018 (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Justice (No. 1:19-cv-00573)). The lawsuit seeks:

  • Any and all records of communication between former FBI General Counsel James Baker and former Department of Justice attorney and current Perkins Coie Partner Michael Sussmann.

  • Any and all records created in preparation for, during, and/or pursuant to any meeting between Mr. Baker and Mr. Sussmann.

  • Any and all calendars, agendas, or similar records, either in paper or electronic format, documenting the schedule and activities of Mr. Baker.

The FBI would neither confirm nor deny the existence of records. Judicial Watch successfully argued that:

[T]he sworn testimony of Baker, the former FBI general counsel, confirms that Sussmann was sharing the same documents with the media.… Rather than privacy, this confirms that Sussmann was seeking to obtain attention for his activities. Hence, this is far from a typical case … Sussmann had no expectation of ‘personal privacy,’ as he was actively seeking publicity for himself and the information he wanted to share.
In any event, the public interest in disclosure of the existence of records is manifest.
Judge Boasberg ruled:

“[A]ny risk of invasion [of privacy] evaporated once Baker publicly testified that he had received documents from Sussmann, as well as met with and spoken to him on multiple occasions in 2016.”
In October, Baker testified before the U.S. House Judiciary and Oversight committees in October 2018, where Baker stated: “It was like — my recollection was it was a stack of material I don’t know maybe a quarter inch half inch thick something like that clipped together, and then I believe there was some type of electronic media, as well, a disk or something.”

In his testimony Baker acknowledged that Sussmann’s information related to the FBI’s Trump–Russia investigation. He also testified that Sussmann had shared the same information with the media, stating that Sussmann had told him “some elements of the press had this information as well and were going to publish something about it.”

In August, another federal court judge rejected FBI efforts to protect of the privacy of Clinton spy Christopher Steele and ordered the FBI to conduct a search for certain records about Steele’s work with the FBI during the Mueller investigation.

“The FBI is corruptly trying to keep secret documents to protect those behind the Russiagate smears of President Trump,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “Two federal courts have now rejected the FBI’s desperate attempts to hide the details of its anti-Trump conspiracy with Hillary Clinton’s Fusion GPS-FBI spy operation.  Why is Director Wray allowing the corrupt cover up the FBI’s Russiagate collusions with the Clinton gang?”

Judicial Watch previously obtained heavily redacted copies of FISA warrants used by the Obama-era DOJ to spy on the Trump campaign, which seem to confirm the FBI and DOJ misled the courts in withholding the material information that Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the DNC were behind the “intelligence” used to persuade the courts to approve the FISA warrants that targeted the Trump team. One of the FISA warrant renewals was granted in June 2017 and did not expire until September 2017, some eight months after President Trump assumed office.

Report: Justice Department IG Horowitz has 104 “criminal or administrative” probes currently open on FBI employees, as a testament to Obama’s abject corruption

(Natural News) President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are fond of telling friendly media — that is, the Democrat-aligned “mainstream media” — what a wonderful, scandal-free administration they had.

In truth, the two of them oversaw several scandals beginning with the “Fast and Furious” gun-running operation into Mexico that led to the death of at least one federal Border Patrol agent and ending with Spygate.

In fact, to the latter, the Justice Department and the FBI were so corrupted under the previous administration that the DoJ’s inspector general, Michael Horowitz, now has at least 104 open criminal and administrative investigations into FBI employees, according to ace investigative reporter Paul Sperry.

“BREAKING: Justice IG Horowitz has 104 criminal or administrative investigations of alleged misconduct related to FBI employees open as of Sept. 30, according to new OIG report. The criminal investigations involve ‘serious allegations of official misconduct,’” Sperry reported via Twitter Thursday. 

This information, if accurate — and Sperry usually is — runs counter to the narrative deep state operatives were putting out late last month.

The National Sentinel reported November 23: 

Late Friday, The New York Times and The Washington Post dutifully published leaked information claiming that Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report, due out Dec. 9, will contain few “bombshells.” 

What’s more, these not-so-trustworthy news sources report, the top dogs in the FBI and DoJ who were involved in launching the Spygate scandal to depose President Donald Trump — James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, et al — are going to escape unscathed.

If we’re to believe these two paragons of truth and unbiased reporting (insert sarcasm here), then Horowitz hasn’t found anything much as it relates to the Obama-led and approved attempt to depose President Donald Trump as though we live in a banana republic.

‘Trail of lies, leaks, lapses’

But Sperry’s report rings true, especially when we contrast it with evidence of FBI corruption we already know to be true.

The Washington Times reported Thursday that “dirty cops” — Rep. Devin Nunes’ (R-Calif.) description of them — within the FBI have left a “trail of lies, leaks, and lapses” in the era of President Trump: 

The FBI already has amassed a record of misconduct by top officials leading up to Monday, when the Justice Department inspector general is scheduled to release conclusions on whether agents also abused the bureau’s intrusive wiretapping powers. 

To date, four inspector general reports and internal Justice Department documents have found senior FBI officials guilty of lying, insubordination, security violations, mishandling confidential material and personal biases against President Trump.

In particular:

— Former FBI Director James Comey was cited by former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein as crossing “a bright line” when he held a July 2016 press conference exonerating then-2016 presidential contender Hillary Clinton of wrongdoing in her criminal mishandling of classified emails. Horowitz, in an August report, also noted that Comey broke FBI protocol by retaining personal memos of meetings with President Trump and then leaking the contents of one memo to The New York Times via a friend of his.

— Fired FBI counterintelligence official Peter Strzok was fired for scores of texts shared with his lover, former FBI lawyer Lisa Page, showing a distinct bias against President Trump and also, many believe, spelling out details of the coup attempt. 

— Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe was fired for lying to investigators about his involvement in leaking a story about himself to The Wall Street Journal. 

Several other ranking FBI and Justice Department officials, according to two years’ worth of reporting by various independent media, are also dirty. So it appears as though Sperry’s tweet about the extent of Horowitz’s probes into FBI/DoJ corruption is spot-on.

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The Worlds First "Fake-Meat Steaks" Made From Fungi Announced By Startup

SHOT 10/1/19 4:32:29 PM – Meati Foods fungi based meat substitutes photography. (Photo by Marc Piscotty / © 2019)

A startup based in Colorado is making an entry into the world of alternative meat – but they are doing it in a different way. In the past, there have been many companies that have developed alternative meat using plant-based products. There has been ‘Beyond Beef’ and ‘Impossible Burger’ produced a long time ago. Emergy Foods has developed a new brand which they called Meati Foods. Unlike the other two plant-based types of meat – Meati Foods provide fungi-based steaks.

Steak is one of the most-loved meaty magic that many people love. But it’s very hard to replicate the juiciness and the texture of steak. With plant-based meat products, you get grounded or minced fake meat which can be developed into sausages (example, Quorn). These products cannot be made into the muscle-based texture of a steak. Emergy, on the other hand, is trying to get that texture in their meat products. 

Emergy was founded by two Ph.D. students coming from the University of Colorado – Tyler Higgins, an environmental engineer, and Justin Whiteley who is a mechanical engineer focusing on materials science. They have written dozens of articles about the environment and how small things impact it. They have also talked about renewable lithium batteries, water- filtration systems based on charcoal, and the bioremediation of fungi in polluted areas. But when they saw that the US population is slowly growing satisfied with meat alternatives with a 10% rise in people consuming such products from 2018, they were excited. They go 4.8 billion dollars in venture capital and started this revolutionary company.

The company does advertise itself as a company, which produces steak-like cuts of plant-based meat, though fungi cannot be referred to as a plant. While there are small amounts of plant-based ingredients in the mix, the entire recipe is mostly based on filamentous fungi. These organisms multiply and grow to form thread-like structures called mycelium. Emergy products are thus developed in a lab-like setting and not an agricultural setting. Generally, most plant-based products require a high amount of water, fertilizers, and a lot of land. Hence, in the end, the product remains quite non-sustainable. However, when it comes to Emergy, the products are highly sustainable.

Fungi is an organism that has its own digestive system. There is a reason why fungi have often been used in many Asian countries, like in Japan, where it is used to develop sake. Chinese cuisine has also used fungi to give plant products a meaty taste. However, the distinction with these fermentation processes and Emergy Meati Foods is that Emergy is using fungi as an end product. This is a feat that has not been used by anyone before.

Generally, people like the taste of steak because of the bone, muscle, and taste – all due to animal cells. But animal cells just replicate – it is not possible to make a steak-like product with it. However, fungi have a digestive system that helps it to break down food and use the protein from the food to gain more protein. Emergy uses sugar water to develop mycelium. One of the founders of Emergy, Tyler Higgins mentions that in the future, they could use the sugary wastes from different food factories, like beer, to enlarge their mycelium stock. Overall, it’s a win-win situation – wastes are being recycled and you are getting meat out of it. 

An educator on sustainable food products, Nicole Civita, mentions that this thing may not be a possibility since the sugar water from beer factories may not be of the same quality as the mycelium that Meati Food requires. Plus, most beer absorbs all the sugar from the grains, therefore leading to a lack of sugar in the waste. However, Brewing Association has stated that waste-water from breweries does have sugar though it may not be as consistent as Emergy hopes for.

It is obvious that Meati Food is going to revolutionize the alternative meat market. Most fake meat products failed to get the shape and consistency which Meati Foods, with its naturally grown mycelium, has been able to achieve. According to Higgins, it took them about 2 years to get that muscle structure. There is one weakness though – taste. Mycelium does not have any taste and so, you do not get any taste out of this product. That’s why Emergy is trying to blend in different vegetables to bring that taste in the steak. However, they are trying to use fermentation to ensure that this meaty taste emerges soon. 

Credit: Joe Fassler/Marc Piscotty / Emergy Foods


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Thursday, December 5, 2019

The Shocking Spy Story Behind The Jeffrey Epstein Scandal Revealed In "EPSTEIN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES"

--Skyhorse Publishing Inc. unveils an explosive investigation from authors Dylan Howard, Melissa Cronin and James Robertson, the investigators behind the top-rated true crime podcast, EPSTEIN: DEVIL IN THE DARKNESS--

NEW YORK, Dec. 3, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- A new investigation led by best-selling true crime author Dylan Howard breaks stunning new ground in the case of disgraced billionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein to reveal a sordid tale of sex, blackmail, international espionage, and a trail of dead bodies.

EPSTEIN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES, on sale December 3, 2019, is the first book to explore the entire truth of the Epstein criminal cover-up, his arrest and controversial death this past summer.

It is also the most authoritative. Prior to renewed reporting that led to Epstein's July 6, 2019 arrest at Teterboro Airport, New Jersey, award-winning authors Howard, Melissa Cronin and James Robertson had consistently uncovered shocking reporting about Epstein and his coconspirators for more than five years.
Combining the very best of their investigative reporting and incisive analysis, EPSTEIN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES will reveal evidence that proves Epstein, who died aged 66, was secretly an Israeli intelligence operative.
Not just a conspiracy theory, the revelation is bolstered by a world exclusive interview with Epstein's one-time handler for Mossad, the national intelligence agency of Israel. The man, a former high-ranking official in military intelligence, told the authors how Epstein ran a blackmail enterprise for the purpose of entrapping powerful individuals and politicians.
What's more, the authors reveal the truth of Epstein's connection to Russian intelligence, explaining why Vladimir Putin granted political asylum to a key individual connected to the case—a man who has Epstein's kompromat, or compromising material, in his possession.
All told, EPSTEIN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES exposes a shocking "criminal enterprise" (as recently described by the FBI), one with deep business and intelligence ties across a number of countries.
Other revelations that will send shockwaves through the highest levels of the establishment include:
  • Proof that President Bill Clinton and President Donald Trump's relationships with Epstein were more extensive than they have admitted

  • The dark secret behind Epstein's deep ties to the science world: Bill Gates, Steven Pinker, and more Nobel winners

  • Proof of President Trump's ties to Robert Maxwell, the father of Epstein's former girlfriend Ghislaine, and an international spy

  • The complex web of subterfuge between Robert Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein, Mossad, Adnan Khashoggi, and Saudi Arabia

  • Epstein's secret business interest with Trump's former lawyer, Michael Cohen

  • The mysterious deaths of several men connected to the case

  • New details about Trump's former Labor Secretary Acosta's involvement in crafting Epstein's infamous sweetheart deal

With unprecedented, exclusive first-person sourcing, the origins of the Epstein case are also laid bare through:
  • Exclusive access to his sprawling Manhattan townhouse

  • An exclusive interview with Epstein's longtime chauffeur

  • An exclusive interview with Epstein's jail mate, who witnessed his suicide attempt

  • An exclusive interview with Epstein's New Mexico housekeeper Deidre Stratton, who said her main job was to procure Epstein with a "stable" of young female masseuses, including a female companion for Prince Andrew

  • Transcripts of long-buried police interviews of teen Epstein victims from the 1990s

  • An exclusive interview with Alan Dershowitz, Epstein's one-time attorney

  • Exclusive interviews with victims' attorneys Spencer Kuvin, Gloria Allred, and Lisa Bloom

  • Exclusive interview with victims Alicia Arden and Michelle Licata

"If you thought you knew the full Jeffrey Epstein story, you don't," said Cronin.

"EPSTEIN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES delivers stunning new reporting and exclusive material that is the product of years of work. Once and for all, we have been able to unravel one of most disturbing criminal networks in American history."

This is the debut book for Cronin and Robertson; Howard previously authored Diana: Case Solved, Aaron Hernandez's Killing Fields and Charles Manson: The Last Tapes.

Said Howard: "This is a real-life drama of obscene wealth, heinous crimes, and corruption from deep inside the world of power and privilege.

"This is an epic thriller for our time, and proves truth is always stranger than fiction."


Judicial Watch Sues for Documents Related to Former Ukraine Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch’s Alleged Intervention with Ukraine Prosecutor


(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today it has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the State Department seeking documents related to a reported “untouchables list” given in late 2016 by former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch to Ukraine Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko.

Lutsenko recently told The New York Times that Yovanovitch “pressed him not to prosecute anti-corruption activists.” Lutsenko previously reportedly said the do-not-prosecute list included a founder of the Ukraine group Anti-Corruption Action Centre (AntAC), which was funded by George Soros foundations and the U.S. federal government, and two members of the Ukrainian Parliament who vocally supported the Soros group’s agenda:

The implied message to Ukraine’s prosecutors was clear: Don’t target AntAC in the middle of an American presidential election in which Soros was backing Hillary Clinton to succeed another Soros favorite, Barack Obama, Ukrainian officials said.
Recently, Rudy Giuliani stated that AntAC “was co-funded by the Obama administration and far-left billionaire financier George Soros,” and “was ironically under investigation for alleged corruption, namely a ‘misplaced’ $4.4 million in U.S. funds designated to ‘fight corruption inside the former Soviet republic,’ during the 2016 presidential election in America.”

Amb. Yovanovitch, who was recalled from her Ukraine post in May of this year by President Donald Trump, was a key witness for Democrats last month in their public impeachment hearings. Yovanovitch denied providing any do-not-prosecute “list.”

Judicial Watch filed the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia after the State Department failed to respond to a September 24, 2019, FOIA request (Judicial Watch vs. U.S. Department of State) (No. 1:19-cv-03563) seeking:

  • All records of communication between the Department of State and any representative of the Ukrainian government regarding any actual or proposed investigation or prosecution of the AntAC; the International Renaissance Foundation [Open Society Foundations’ office in Ukraine]; and/or Transparency International.

  • All records concerning any meeting or telephonic conversation between former Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch and former Ukrainian Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko.

  • All records related to the list of individuals and entities provided to Lutsenko by Yovanovitch in late 2016.

“Reports suggest that the Ukrainian Embassy was a hotbed of anti-Trump, Deep State activism and tried to promote and protect leftist allies in Ukraine and the United States,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “As the coup attack on President Trump continues, this new federal lawsuit is designed to get to the real truth of the Deep State’s games in Ukraine.”

On October 9, 2019, Judicial Watch filed a FOIA request for State Department records related to the possibly illegal collection of information by Yovanovitch on prominent conservative figures, journalists and persons with ties to President Donald Trump.


Chick-fil-A now funding radical anti-Christian group that inspired a violent killer to target innocents

(Natural News) After announcing that it will no longer be supporting faith-based nonprofit organizations like the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) and the Salvation Army, fast food giant Chick-fil-A has decided to instead support the far-left Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), which back in 2012 inspired domestic terrorist Floyd Corkins to attempt mass murder at the headquarters of the Family Research Council (FRC).

Ironically enough, Corkins reportedly stormed the FRC’s Washington, D.C., building armed with a semi-automatic pistol, 100 rounds of ammunition, and 15 Chick-fil-A sandwiches. The reason for the sandwiches, according to a statement later made by Corkins to the FBI, was that he “wanted to kill the people in the building and then smear a Chick-fil-A sandwich in their face.”

Corkins was reportedly “enraged” by the nationwide “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day” that took place that year, and used the SPLC’s “hate map” to find an organization aligned with Chick-fil-A that he could target for mass murder. Using this “hate map,” Corkins identified the FRC, meaning the SPLC actually facilitated Corkins’ efforts to commit mass murder by falsely dubbing the FRC a “hate group.”

Even more ironic is the fact that Chick-fil-A itself has been dubbed by the SPLC as a “hate group,” even though the fried chicken chain has never done anything even remotely hateful other than to deprive its customers of addictive, MSG-laden food on Sundays when Chick-fil-A restaurants are closed.

Chick-fil-A has lost its way, and is no longer an ally of conservatives or Christians

In responding to massive public backlash against Chick-fil-A’s recent decision to drop the FCA and the Salvation Army from its charity list, Rodney Bullard from the Chick-fil-A Foundation publicly claimed that the decision hinged upon Chick-fil-A not wanting to be “encumbered by someone else’s politics or cultural war.” But details unearthed by the Radiance Foundation’s Ryan Bomberger reveal that Chick-fil-A is still supporting organizations on the “other side” of the culture war, including the pro-abortion YWCA and Pace Center for Girls, as well as the pro-LGBT Chris 180 and Junior Achievement organizations.

Chick-fil-A also supports the “progressive” New Leadership Council and Usher’s New Look, along with the SPLC, an anti-white, antichrist hate group in and of itself that seeks to subvert and destroy the United States through cultural upheaval and the destruction of the very Christian values upon which this country was built.

“Not only has Chick-fil-A abandoned donations to Christian groups including the Salvation Army, it has donated to one of the most extreme anti-Christian group in America,” says FRC president Tony Perkins. “Anyone who opposes the SPLC, including many Protestants, Catholics, Jews, Muslims, and traditional conservatives, is slandered and slapped with the ‘extremist’ label or even worse, their ‘hate group’ designation.”

According to Perkins, neither Dan Cathy, the son of Chick-fil-A founder Truett Cathy, nor anyone else at Chick-fil-A bothered to even inquire about the well-being of Leo Johnson, the building manager at the FRC who, despite being seriously wounded by Corkins, heroically stopped him from actually killing anyone.

“Dan Cathy, nor anyone with Chick-fil-A inquired about the well-being of Mr. Johnson or any of the FRC team members, but they made a donation to the SPLC which was linked in federal court to this act of domestic terrorism,” Perkins went on to state.

“Chick-fil-A has seriously lost their way. It’s time for Christians to find a fast food alternative to Chick-fil-A.”

In an open letter to Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy, a coalition of conservative leaders has expressed “tremendous” disappointment with where the company is headed now that these revelations have come to light. The letter’s signatories include United Nations Human Rights Commissioner Kenneth Blackwell, Media Research Center founder Brent Bozell, Heritage Foundation president Kay Cole James, Liberty Counsel founder Mat Staver, and Conservative HQ chairman Richard Viguerie, along with many others.


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‘If you’re going to impeach me, do it fast’: Trump challenges Dems to get moving

US President Donald Trump has called on House Democrats to move quickly if they are going to impeach him at all, so that “we can have a fair trial in the Senate” and the country can move on.
In a series of tweets sent early on Thursday, Trump repeated his view that Democrats “have no impeachment case", and adding that they "are demeaning our country.”


The impeachment inquiry hinges on allegations of misconduct by Trump during a phone call with Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky, and has been pursued by Democrats with a zeal similar to their ‘Russiagate’ efforts. Democrats have also accused Trump of obstruction for defending himself in response to the allegations.

House Democrats claim that a report published by House Intelligence Committee chair Adam Schiff (D-CA) on Tuesday contains evidence that Trump solicited election interference from Ukraine for personal gain, but Republicans say the document contains no such evidence.

The first House Judiciary Committee hearings on Trump’s possible impeachment began on Wednesday.

Ultimately, while the Democrat-majority House will likely vote to impeach Trump, the Republican-led Senate is expected not to vote to convict the president of impeachment and force his removal from office.



Hunter Biden's Lawyer Abruptly Quits After 'Father-Of-The-Year' Blows Off Child Support Hearing


Hunter Biden's lawyer abruptly quit on Monday after the former Vice President's son and Ukraine energy expert failed to show up for a child support hearing regarding his out-of-wedlock child with a D.C. stripper from Arkansas.

According to the Daily Mail, lawyer Dustin McDaniel - the former Attorney General for Arkansas, filed a motion to withdraw after he says Biden's personal lawyer 'advised' him that he was being discharged.

"(C)ounsel will take all steps reasonably practical to protect defendant's interests and make every effort to ensure an efficient and judicious transition for new counsel," wrote McDaniel.

Lunden Roberts, 28, is suing Biden for $11,000 in legal fees, plus child support payments after a DNA test revealed he was the father. Biden, meanwhile, says he's broke an has requested that the judge seal his financial records due to "significant debts" despite having been paid vast sums of money while sitting on the board of Ukrainian gas company Burisma.

Hunter was ordered by Judge Don McSpadden to provide at least three years of tax returns before he could reach a decision on monetary support for the child, whose name and gender have not been revealed. Biden has requested that his financial records be sealed to avoid public 'embarrassment' over claims of 'significant debts,' according to the Mail.

In addition to preventing the disclosure of Biden's alleged debts, it is thought information on his business ventures, investments, expenses, taxes and personal property valuations would also be included in the documents. -Daily Mail

Of course, Hunter's financial records could also reveal the extent of payments received while sitting on the board of Burisma, which paid his consulting firm $83,333 per month.


Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Investigative journalist: Why is Bill Clinton escaping scrutiny in Jeffrey Epstein case?

Following a bombshell interview in which Virginia Roberts Giuffre claimed she was trafficked by Jeffrey Epstein and forced to have sex with Prince Andrew, an investigative reporter is asking why former President Bill Clinton is not being discussed.

On "The Story," New York Post writer Maureen Callahan claimed it is odd that Andrew is most notable person to become embroiled in the alleged scandal so far.

"It seems very curious that so far the highest-profile man to be potentially taken down by this -- because we don't know what's going to happen yet -- though this does not look good for Andrew ... is, in essence, a dim, useless member of an aging monarchy," Callahan told host Martha MacCallum.
Andrew, the Duke of York and younger brother of heir apparent Prince Charles, has vehemently denied Giuffre's allegations.


Prince Andrew faces new fallout as Jeffrey Epstein accuser says she was forced to have sex with him
"We know, for example, that Bill Clinton was on planes owned by Jeffrey Epstein, was on Jeffrey Epstein's private island multiple times," Callahan added. "I cannot believe we're not talking about him."

Last month, a woman with accusations against the convicted pedophile described a disturbing encounter with him aboard his jet.

The accuser was 15 when Epstein preyed upon her, according to attorney Gloria Allred.
Jane Doe 15 said she took Clinton’s seat on Epstein's private plane -- known as the “Lolita Express,” -- described bizarre bedroom floors made of mattress foam and said she was encouraged to cry after sex with Epstein.

“When I chose a seat on the jet, Jeffrey told me that is where his good friend Bill Clinton always chose to sit,” she said.

Epstein had owned an island near St. Thomas in the United States Virgin Islands called Little St. James.

Clinton, meanwhile, said through a spokesman earlier this year that he “knows nothing” about Epstein's “terrible crimes,” insisting that he took “a total of four trips on Jeffrey Epstein’s airplane” in 2002 and 2003 –  while his Secret Service detail traveled with him at all times – and that he had only brief meetings with Epstein.

"[Clinton] had one meeting with Epstein in his Harlem office in 2002, and around the same time made one brief visit to Epstein's New York apartment with a staff member and his security detail," the former president's press secretary, Angel UreƱa, tweeted in July.

"He's not spoken to Epstein in well over a decade and has never been to Little St. James Island, Epstein's ranch in New Mexico or his residence in Florida," the statement continued.

Epstein was found dead this past August in his Manhattan prison cell while awaiting trial on federal sex-trafficking charges.

In the Post on Tuesday, Callahan called on Scotland Yard to open an investigation into Andrew.


Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Say cheese! DHS proposes MANDATORY facial recognition checks for US citizens at airports

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is pushing to impose mandatory facial recognition scans on all Americans entering or leaving the United States, moving to close a loophole that allows citizens to opt out.

Proposed in a recent filing, the DHS requested a change to the current rules in order to “provide that all travelers, including US citizens, may be required to be photographed upon entry and/or departure” from the US, citing the need to identify criminals or “suspected terrorists.” While not yet implemented, the rule change is in the “final stages of clearance,” a DHS official told CNN Business.

Under the existing guidelines, US citizens and other lawful permanent residents have the ability to avoid airport biometric scans and identify themselves by other means. While some travelers have found it difficult to opt out given opaque or inconsistent guidelines from airport to airport, the DHS would apparently like to cut down on the confusion by doing away with the exemption altogether.

The new rule was rejected by civil liberties groups and privacy advocates, who said it would only further erode Americans’ privacy and subject them to yet another layer of intrusive government surveillance.

“Time and again, the government told the public and members of Congress that US citizens would not be required to submit to this intrusive surveillance technology as a condition of traveling,” said Jay Stanley, a senior policy at the American Civil Liberties Union, adding that the rule raises “profound privacy concerns.”

Travelers, including US citizens, should not have to submit to invasive biometric scans simply as a condition of exercising their constitutional right to travel.

The DHS is currently set to outfit 20 of America’s largest airports with biometric scanners by 2021, despite a flurry of privacy issues and ongoing technical problems. Last year, an internal watchdog report found that the department’s facial recognition tech was not performing up to snuff and “may be unable to meet expectations” by its deadline. The DHS also piqued security concerns last year when it announced it would partner with Amazon for its all-seeing HART system, which will pass highly detailed information on 250 million people to the tech giant for storage.

Recalling a data breach in June which saw 100,000 license plate and traveler images stolen from a private contractor hired to store information for the DHS, Stanley said the government simply “cannot be trusted” with the invasive technology.



Jeffrey Epstein’s Private Banker at Deutsche & Citi Found Swinging From a Rope; Executive ‘Suicide’ Before FBI Questioned Him

Jeffrey Epstein’s private wealth banker, who brokered and signed off on untold multiple millions of dollars in controversial Deutsche Bank and Citibank loans spanning two decades for the convicted pedophile, has died from a reported suicide.

The news of yet another mysterious Epstein-linked death comes shortly after the FBI was seeking to interview the bank executive about loans he approved for Epstein and the indicted child trafficker’s labyrinth of US-based and offshore companies.

The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner confirmed Thomas Bowers died by an apparent suicide by hanging at his home before Thanksgiving.

Epstein likewise died from a reported suicide by hanging, according to the New York City Medical Examiner.

Bowers headed the private wealth banking division for Deutsche Bank and signed off on millions in loans to Epstein. Bowers, prior to taking over the private banking arm at Deutsche Bank, served in the same top position at Citibank, as the head of the bank’s private wealth arm. Citigroup also made massive loans to Epstein, according to records and banking sources who spoke to True Pundit.

True Pundit founder Mike "Thomas Paine" Moore previously headed anti-money laundering for a major Citigroup division during the time frame Citi commenced large loans to Epstein.

"The loans to Epstein were personal and commercial," Paine confirmed. "The Citi loans I can confirm were for more than $25 million. Some were secured, some were not."

Did Citi bend its lending rules for Epstein? Paine said that appears "quite likely," with Bowers and other Citi executives he later recruited to work for him at Deutsche all working to secure the approvals regardless of compliance-related red flags.

And sources said Citi loaned Epstein much more money, eclipsing $100 million and also allowed Epstein to use the bank to send thousands of wire transfers from his accounts. Bowers, who turned up dead just days ago, brokered the loans for Epstein, sources said.

Bowers was the chief of Deutsche Bank’s Private Wealth Management division and worked from the bank’s Park Avenue offices in New York City. At Citi, Bowers served as the chief of the The Citi Private Bank and previously ran Citigroup’s Global Markets and Wealth Management businesses.

And when Bowers left Citi for Deutsche Bank, Epstein followed.

Meanwhile, Epstein stopped making payments on his millions in outstanding Citi loans. But that mattered little because Bowers approved new high-risk loans and credit lines from Deutsche Bank, sources said.

And that relationship with Epstein continued until Bowers left Deutsche Bank in 2015. By that time, Epstein had chalked up untold millions in loans with the help of Bowers who recruited many of his top private wealth top bankers from Citi to Deutsche Bank.

The FBI who was interested in interviewing Bowers, sources confirm. The FBI subpoenaed Deutsche Bank in May for all loans and accounts linked to Epstein and there were many unanswered questions. Deutsche Bank closed out Epstein’s accounts weeks after the bank was served federal subpoenas.

Federal law enforcement officials said the FBI planned to interview all Wall Street wealth fund managers who worked for Epstein. Bowers included.

How much money did Deutsche broker for Epstein? That number to this point has proven elusive. The FBI is not talking, but one executive divulged Epstein had secured more than $60 million from Deutsche Bank’s U.S. and German arms. Likely that number is larger, but at this point the bank is keeping its exposure quiet.

Just like Bowers had brokered for Epstein at Citi, Deutsche also set the convicted pedophile up with over a dozen bank accounts that Epstein employed to receive and send wires and funds.

One banking executive said Bowers had visited Epstein on his private island at least once. Bowers had also visited Epstein in New York and attended social events at his mansion. Federal law enforcement sources did not comment about these new revelations. However, Citi executives who worked with Bowers said the bank executive maintained an active night life and enjoyed the party circuit.

Epstein also helped bring in a plethora of new business from wealthy associates to Bowers at both Deutsche Bank and Citi, sources said.

"Epstein made Bowers and his financial institutions hundreds of millions of dollars," one executive said. "It really didn’t even matter that Epstein stiffed Citi for $30 million in defaults because he brought so much new money, new blood in. Citi made far more than it lost."

Seems like a pattern. The American Banker reports:

Epstein brought lucrative clients into JPMorgan’s private-banking unit and was close to former head Jes Staley, who visited Epstein’s private island as recently as 2015. Leon Black, Apollo Global Management’s billionaire chairman, met with the financier from time to time at the company’s New York offices, and used Epstein for tax and philanthropic advice.

Police reportedly found Bowers hanging from a rope in his California home.

He was 55.

Previous press releases detailing Bowers’ role with the private wealth arm of Deutsche, detailed the division and its target clientele:

Deutsche Bank Private Wealth Management has been serving the interests of wealthy individuals, families and select institutions for more than a century. With offices across the U.S., Deutsche Bank’s Private Wealth Management business division provides a variety of customized solutions to private clients worldwide including traditional and alternative investments, risk management strategies, lending, trust and estate services, wealth transfer planning, family office services, custody and family and philanthropy advisory. Private Wealth Management includes the U.S. Private Bank and Deutsche Bank Alex. Brown, the private client services division of Deutsche Bank Securities Inc., the investment banking and securities arm of Deutsche Bank AG in the United States and a member of NYSE, FINRA and SIPC.

This story is developing.


Prince Andrew's bombshell email to Ghislaine Maxwell uncovered

Buried emails from Prince Andrew have revealed the under-fire duke was asking close friend Ghislaine Maxwell for information on his accuser.

Emails between Prince Andrew and close friend Ghislaine Maxwell uncovered in a BBC documentary have thrown doubt on his claims that he did not recall meeting his accuser Virginia Giuffre in 2001.

The BBC's Panorama aired a bombshell interview with the former "sex slave" who alleges she was trafficked by convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein and made to have sex with Prince Andrew three times in 2001 and 2002 when she was 17 years old.

Giuffre, then known as Virginia Roberts, first made the claims she had sex with Prince Andrew in 2015.

The new Panorama interview contained explicit details of the night Giuffre alleges she was made to have sex with Prince Andrew, in March 2001, including claims that "it didn't last very long, the whole entire procedure".


Virginia Roberts Giuffre’s dad thinks Jeffrey Epstein was murdered

Virginia Roberts Giuffre’s dad believes Jeffrey Epstein may have been murdered behind bars — given the serial pedophile’s connections to powerful people, he said in a new interview Tuesday.

Sky Roberts shared his thoughts on the multimillionaire’s Aug. 10 suicide-by-hanging while locked up at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan on federal sex-trafficking charges.

“I’m furious,” Sky Roberts told “Good Morning Britain.” “To know now what I know now about Jeffrey Epstein and Ms. [Ghislaine] Maxwell and several others, I’m sure that’s why Jeffrey Epstein is not alive right now because someone did not want to see his books or whatever he’s got on everybody.

“I know he didn’t kill himself. It had to be somebody from above that came and got him and took him out.”

Giuffre has long accused Epstein of forcing her to have sex with his wealthy pals, including Prince Andrew, whom she claims to have had sex with three times, beginning when she was 17 years old.

Epstein committed suicide in his jail cell, according to the New York City Medical Examiner’s Office — but the ruling has been hotly debated by those who believe Epstein may have been murdered.

That theory is supported by Epstein’s brother, Mark Epstein, who had his own autopsy performed that apparently pointed toward homicide.


Monday, December 2, 2019

Obama: 'I Don't Care' Whether You'll Like the Nominee, Just Vote Democrat

On Thursday, former President Barack Obama was the main guest at a fundraiser in Silicon Valley. When asked a question about the many candidates running, he told those present that he couldn't care less whether they'd like the eventual nominee. They just have to vote for him/her/it.

"Everybody needs to chill out about the candidates, but gin up about the prospect of rallying behind whoever emerges from this process," Obama told the millionaire techies, according to far-left news channel CNN. "There will be differences" between them, he added, "but I want us to make sure that we keep in mind that, relative to the ultimate goal, which is to defeat a president and a party that has ... taken a sharp turn away from a lot of the core traditions and values and institutional commitments that built this country," those differences are "relatively minor."

"The field will narrow and there's going to be one person, and if that is not your perfect candidate and there are certain aspects of what they say that you don't agree with and you don't find them completely inspiring the way you'd like, I don't care," he went on to say. "Because the choice is so stark and the stakes are so high that you cannot afford to be ambivalent in this race."

In other words, shut the heck up and vote for whomever the Democratic Party nominates. You don't have to like him or her, you just have to vote for him/her.

You've got to give it to Obama: he doesn't make a secret of his arrogance and party-first mentality. Principles? Yack, who needs those? Disagreeing with the nominee about "climate change" and "health care"? Who cares? The nominee will have a "D" next to her/his name, and that's the only thing that truly matters.


Biden mocked by Trump team for anecdote about his leg hair in resurfaced clip

President Trump's campaign has seized on a resurfaced clip of Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden in which the former vice president described how children would rub his leg hair back when he was a lifeguard at a Delaware pool in his younger days.
"I got hairy legs that turned ... blonde in the sun. And the kids used to come up and reach into the pool and rub my leg down so it was straight and watch the hair come back up again," Biden recalled. He then said he "learned about kids jumping on my lap, and I loved kids jumping on my lap."
A video of the comments was shared by Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh Sunday morning with the lament, "This can't be real life."

While there was nothing nefarious about the tale, Biden's opponents are seizing on it as yet another awkward and bizarre moment from a Biden speech, which he gave in June 2017. The full version reveals that the story otherwise had little to do with what Biden had been talking about, as it was immediately preceded by praise for Herman Holloway, the first black state senator in Delaware's history who was elected in 1964. Biden addressed Holloway's son, Herman Jr., who was in attendance.

This is not the first time this particular speech, which was delivered at what is now the Joseph R. Biden Jr. Aquatic Center, was in the news. It surfaced earlier in September, with the focus on an anecdote Biden relayed of an encounter he had with a gang leader named Corn Pop when he worked at the local pool. That story drew initial skepticism over its veracity, only for other accounts to corroborate it.

Biden was also trending online over the weekend for another strange incident, this one more recent. At an Iowa campaign stop last week, Biden's wife Jill delivered a speech during which she gestured with her right hand, waving it near his face as he stood nearby. The former vice president then playfully nibbled on her finger, drawing laughter from the crowd.


Damage Control: Deep State "Grooming Gang" Is Behind Lisa Page's Pre-Indictment Campaign


Questions Answered – FBI Resistance Lawyer Lisa Page Takes Center Stage to Play Victim Card…

On November 8th of this year Lawfare founder Benjamin Wittes sent a rather curious tweet proclaiming his undying devotion to former FBI lawyer Lisa Page.  At the time it seemed rather odd and out of no-where; but today it makes sense.

At the time of Witte’s tweet Lisa Page would have been scheduling her coming out narrative, and consulting with the DOJ/FBI “beach friend” community for PR advice.  After several weeks of planning and careful roll-out organization, noted by several weeks of contact with mutually aligned journalists, today Ms. Page steps into the spotlight with her introductory article in the Daily Beast, aptly titled: “Lisa Page Speaks“.

Yes, yes, of course Lisa Page says she’s a victim to the horrible President Trump and the exposure of “private affair”, and the exposure of her “political texts and biases” etc. etc.  However, that’s not what is really interesting….

Within the article there’s a very specific and very familiar type of victim narrative construct.
When you read the article it jumps out at you. The victim narrative is from the exact same acting coaches hired by the FBI and used by Dr. Christine Blasey-Ford; it’s a little spooky how both Ms. Ford and Ms. Page could sound so identical, until you realize the same FBI and media people have constructed both victim storyboards.

Ms. Page decries what she has seen happen to her beloved FBI, that as she said “she grew up in“.  Now, if that institutional attachment sounds a little over-the-top considering a grown woman started at the FBI in 2013 and resigned in 2018, well, it helps to remember this is the Public Relations advice from the DC-based FBI committee.

The DOJ/FBI ‘above the law’ crowd of beach friends assemble in the Lawfare conference room; look at the latest storyboards and plan the Lisa Page marketing, advertising and branding campaign.   The resulting media strategy started tonight:

(Daily Beast) […] That was the moment Page decided she had to speak up. “I had stayed quiet for years hoping it would fade away, but instead it got worse,” she says. “It had been so hard not to defend myself, to let people who hate me control the narrative. I decided to take my power back.”
She is also about to be back in the news cycle in a big way. On Dec. 9, the Justice Department Inspector General report into Trump’s charges that the FBI spied on his 2016 campaign will come out. Leaked press accounts indicate that the report will exonerate Page of the allegation that she acted unprofessionally or showed bias against Trump.

[…] “I’m someone who’s always in my head anyway – so now otherwise normal interactions take on a different meaning. Like, when somebody makes eye contact with me on the Metro, I kind of wince, wondering if it’s because they recognize me, or are they just scanning the train like people do? It’s immediately a question of friend or foe?

Or if I’m walking down the street or shopping and there’s somebody wearing Trump gear or a MAGA hat, I’ll walk the other way or try to put some distance between us because I’m not looking for conflict. Really, what I wanted most in this world is my life back.”

[…] “The thing about the FBI that is so extraordinary is that it is made up of a group of men and women whose every instinct is to run toward the fight. It’s in the fiber of everybody there. It’s the lifeblood. So it’s particularly devastating to be betrayed by an organization I still care about so deeply. And it’s crushing to see the noble Justice Department, my Justice Department, the place I grew up in, feel like it’s abandoned its principles of truth and independence.” (read more)


This tweet was November 8th ~

via The Last Refuge


FBI Love Bird Lisa Page Breaks Silence on Eve of DOJ IG Report, Portrays Herself as Victim of President Trump

 December 1, 2019

Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page, who gained notoriety as the anti-Trump lover of FBI agent Peter Strzok, is speaking out publicly for the first time just days before the Department of Justice Inspector General report is set for release on December 9. Page and Strzok exchanged text messages which were made public that exposed their affair and showed extreme political bias with statements that fueled concerns of a Deep State conspiracy against President Trump.

Lisa Page, image via Twitter avatar.

Page opened a Twitter account Sunday, with a statement promoting her sympathetic interview with the Daily Beast published Sunday evening.

“I’m done being quiet.”

Page’s Twitter account was vouchsafed by Lawfare Blog editor in chief Benjamin Wittes.

Molly Jong-Fast interviewed Page and wrote the sympathetic article for the Daily Beast.
Her description of Page as victim of President Trump, and Page’s own complaints of victimization:

Page, 39, is thin and athletic. She speaks in an exceedingly confident, clear, and lawyerly way. But having been through the MAGA meat grinder has clearly worn her down, not unlike the other women I’ve met who’ve been subjected to the president’s abuse. She is just slightly crumbly around the edges the way the president’s other victims are.

It’s almost impossible to describe” what it’s like, she told me. “It’s like being punched in the gut. My heart drops to my stomach when I realize he has tweeted about me again. The president of the United States is calling me names to the entire world. He’s demeaning me and my career. It’s sickening.” 

“But it’s also very intimidating because he’s still the president of the United States. And when the president accuses you of treason by name, despite the fact that I know there’s no fathomable way that I have committed any crime at all, let alone treason, he’s still somebody in a position to actually do something about that. To try to further destroy my life. It never goes away or stops, even when he’s not publicly attacking me.”

Page claims it was this Trump campaign speech mocking her and Strzok that prompted her to speak out.

For the nearly two years since her name first made the papers, she’s been publicly silent (she did have a closed-door interview with House members in July 2018). I asked her why she was willing to talk now. “Honestly, his demeaning fake orgasm was really the straw that broke the camel’s back,” she says. The president called out her name as he acted out an orgasm in front of thousands of people at a Minneapolis rally on Oct. 11, 2019.

Page expects to be cleared of wrongdoing by the IG report.

That was the moment Page decided she had to speak up. “I had stayed quiet for years hoping it would fade away, but instead it got worse,” she says. “It had been so hard not to defend myself, to let people who hate me control the narrative. I decided to take my power back.”

She is also about to be back in the news cycle in a big way. On Dec. 9, the Justice Department Inspector General report into Trump’s charges that the FBI spied on his 2016 campaign will come out. Leaked press accounts indicate that the report will exonerate Page of the allegation that she acted unprofessionally or showed bias against Trump.

How does it feel after all this time to finally have the IG apparently affirm what she’s been saying all along? She said she wouldn’t discuss the findings until they were officially public, but she did note: “While it would be nice to have the IG confirm publicly that my personal opinions had absolutely no bearing on the course of the Russia investigations, I don’t kid myself that the fact will matter very much for a lot of people. The president has a very loud megaphone.”

Page blames President Trump for the FBI and Justice Department abandoning “principles of truth and independence”.

…One thing becomes quickly apparent talking to Page; what really upset her, what still devastates her, was not the end of her extremely promising career at the FBI, but instead what Trump has done to the FBI itself.

“It’s very painful to see to places like the FBI and the Department of Justice that represent so much of what is excellent about this country, not fulfilling the critical obligation that they have to speak truth to power,” she tells me. “The thing about the FBI that is so extraordinary is that it is made up of a group of men and women whose every instinct is to run toward the fight. It’s in the fiber of everybody there. It’s the lifeblood. So it’s particularly devastating to be betrayed by an organization I still care about so deeply. And it’s crushing to see the noble Justice Department, my Justice Department, the place I grew up in, feel like it’s abandoned its principles of truth and independence.”

End excerpts. Please read the complete Daily Beast article at this link.

The interview is getting the reaction it was designed to get: Page as victim and Trump as abuser:
“I want to retweet every paragraph of this so that everyone knows how Trump has abused Lisa Page the way he’s abused so many other women, physically, emotionally & psychologically. Brava for her decision to “take my power back.” And to you @MollyJongFast for capturing it so well.”
And Joe Lockhart, former White House Press Secretary for President Bill Clinton during his impeachment, “If this story doesn’t piss you off, you have no moral compass. @realDonaldTrump and his henchman/people have no respect for anyone or any institution. The DOJ here wasn’t getting ahead of a story, they were engaged in character assassination for political purposes.”

Update: Screen grabs of accounts Lisa Page follows on her new Twitter account is pretty much a who’s who of the anti-Trump #Resistance.

via The Gateway Pundit