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February 5, 2018 --

The New York Times, October 24, reported that the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) paid for research that was in the dossier of anti-Trump material compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele. The Times story, cited a report the previous day in The Washington Post, that the Clinton campaign's law firm, Perkins Coie, had a "role in funding the research." According to a letter from the managing partner of Perkins Coie to the attorney for Fusion GPS, the law firm "engaged Fusion GPS to perform a variety of research services during the 2016 election cycle."

The Times article, however, did not mention that the manner of funding is the subject of a complaint before the Federal Election Commission for filing an inaccurate report. According to the complaint, brought by the Campaign Legal Center, the role of Fusion GPS in paying for the dossier was not mentioned. Campaign records apparently showed payments from the Clinton campaign to the law firm for "Legal Services.'" Payments to the law firm from the DNC are said to have been described as "'Legal and Compliance Consulting,'" -- "'Administrative Fees,"' "Travel,'" and "'Data Services Subscription.'" There was also a reported payment from the DNC to the law firm of $66,500, August 16, 2016 "for research consulting.'" In a footnote, the complaint points out that this description does not accurately describe the "actual research" for the dossier, and "also conceals the true recipient of the disbursement.

2. LPR, in the New York Times, January 20, caught a reference to the German Marshall Fund as source of warning about "Russian-linked influence networks," on Twitter. This organization has established an "Alliance for Securing Democracy," headed by Laura Rosenberger, a former foreign policy advisor to Hillary Clinton. The Mission Statement for this alliance begins: "In 2016, American democracy came under unprecedented attack." The statement continues: "The government of the Russian Federation attempted to weaken the pillars of our democracy and undermine faith and confidence in society's most fundamental right -- the ability to choose our own leaders." Seems to LPR that the people at the Alliance to Secure Democracy are presently engaged in undermining faith and confidence in President Trump. These people include Never Trumpers Bill Kristol and former acting CIA director Mike Morell, who endorsed the election of Hillary Clinton in an anti-Trump op-ed in The New York Times.

The Times did not mention the Clintonista context of the German Marshall Fund or of its Alliance to Secure Democracy.

 

 
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Is Anyone Really Surprised...

February 5, 2018 --

...That for several days the FBI couldnd't find messages exchanged between Peter Strrzok and Lisa Page? Strzok, a senior FBI counterintelligence official who investigated the Clinton email matter, and then was given the Trump collusion probe to handle, ended up working for special counsel Robert S. Mueller, until his anti-Trump biases became public. Ms. Page is an FBI attorney was also was at the special counsel office, for a time. The time frame for the missing texts is December 14, 2016 to May 17, 2017. The New York Times, December 14, 2016 ran a long article, 'HACKING THE DEMOCRATS, " focusing on the charge that the Russians intervened in the election to make Donald J. Trump president. Could Strzok and Page have exchanged comments on that article that would enlighten the public today, to full understanding of the Russiagate scenario that has been trumpeted in the Never Trump media for more than a year, now?

The media is clearly not interested in the questions directed by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles E. Grassley towards the FBI and Department of Justice on the FBI connection with the Steele dossier, and exploring political bias at the FBI. Grassley, beginning March 6, 2017, wrote several letters to James Comey, while he was still FBI director, with questions about the FBI and Steele. LPR is not aware that Comey replied. What better proof that the FBI remains in Obama hands than refusal to respond to congressional requests for information. In this regard, Barack Obama might still be in the White House. Consider how uncooperative the IRS was, stonewalling Congress concerning unfair treatment given Tea Party requests for tax waivers. The Obama crowd has a tradition of stonewalling inquiry from congressional Re[ublicans.

Indeed, the anti-Trump bias of the media is suggested by failure of journalists to raise the questions asked of the FBI by Chairman Grassley about FBI interest in the Steele dossier, and the impact of political bias on FBI investigations, to protect Hillary Clinton -- and to smear President Trump.'It is fascinating that disclosure of political partisanship at the FBI was disclosed in the course of the investigation by Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz, into James Comey's handling of the Hillary Clinton emails matter."

The New York Times report of the IG probe, January 13, 2017, stated that the probe was initiated by complaints from congressman and the public "about actions by the F.B.I. and the Justice Department during the campaign that could be seen as politically motivated."

There is something about the Clintons and missing documents. Think back to the Clinton years and those missing Rose law firm papers that appeared mysteriously one day. Then, too, more recently, 33,000 missing Clinton emails. Is the FBI just carrying on a Clinton tradition?

But perhaps there is too much focus on the FBI. Professor Stephen F. Cohen, on the John Batchelor Show, January 23, advised to look beyond the FBI for the source of political stains on the bureaucracy. Andy McCarthy, at National Review, recently concluded that President Obama had to know that Clinton was using a private server for official business and that she had to be protected to spare him embarrassment.

Meanwhile, with Never Trumpers continuing, apparently, to rely on Robert S. Mueller to undermine President Trump, Justice IG Horowitz will be coming out with a report that LPR believes will extend beyond Comey's handling of the Clinton email matter to anti-Trump actions at the FBI and Justice Department. Perhaps the Horowitz report will suffice for appointment of special counsel to probe the politicization of Russiagate.

And perhaps, those responsible for the Russiagate scenario will try to argue, forcefully, that challenges to their scenario will cause harm to the FBI, the Justice Department and American democracy. This view ignores the old adage: "Sunlight is the best disinfectant." And LPR hopes that the Republican congressional leadership will take that adage to heart and act swiftly to declassify documents that will disclose any post-election attempt by officials in the Obama administration to throttle, after the fact, the Trump presidency.

William McGurn, in his January 16 column, "Wanted: An Honest FBI," cited the view of James Kallstrom, former head of the FBI's New York field office,that the FBI's "'leadership in Washington has harmed the bureau's reputation." Congressional Democrats and the media, apparently, are unconcerned with the obvious politicization at the FBI. And so, they are not interested in public disclosure of any documents that would disclose the truth of what Russiagate is all about. But in a free society, isn't government based on trust in the truth, not on manipulation by means of propaganda? And in a free society, don't we have an understanding to abide by the vote of the people, and not to work to toss that vote aside?

 

 

New York Times, How About Your 1939 Position on Imperiled Jewry?

February 5, 2018 --

The Times, in a January 26 editorial, went far afield to accuse President Trump of moral insensitivity about the Holocaust.

This from a newspaper that in a May 18, 1939 editorial declared that its support of the British White Paper closing Palestine to Jewish immigration and, one month later, June 14, 1939, watched as the Hamburg-American liner St. Louis returned its Jewish refugees to Europe, declaring that the days of mass migration to the United States were over.

LPR is not aware that The New York Times has ever publicly expressed atonement for its callousness towards the Jews standing unprotected against Hitlerian Europe.

This same editorial continued to misstate President Trump's comments on the violence in Charlottesviille last summer. When it comes to Donald J. Trump, The New York Times can be expected to twist, misstate and and disinform.

He said there were fine people on both sides of the Civil War statue protests. The president did not laud neo-Nazis. The assertion is simply is Never Trump propaganda. And when it comes to abusive action against conservatives, The New York Times tends to look the other way.

 

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Questions for Never Trump Friends of Israel

February 5, 2018 --

Would Hillary Clinton have recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel? Would her vice president have spoken to the Knesset in the capital of Jerusalem?

Would a speech by Clinton's vice president have promised that by the end of 2019, the U.S. embassy will be in Jerusalem? Would the Clinton vice president have vowed that "the full force of our might [will] drive radical Islamic terrorism from the face of the Earth"?

Would the Clinton vice president declared, flatly, that Iran will not get nuclear weapons? Would a Clinton vice president have referred to the Jewish state as "an inspiration to the world?

Indeed, do you agree with Vice President Pence who, in his Knesset speech, said that President Trump, in recognizing Jerusalem as capital of Israel, "righted a 70-year wrong," or do you agree with The New York Times editorial assertion, January 25, that President Trump has "displeased many more" American Jews by his action on Jerusalem?

 

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Is the Never Trump Campaign about to collapse?

February 5, 2018 --

This is from the New York Times editorial, January 31, 2018, on the State of the Union speech, in part:

"So far, the reaction against his authoritarian impulses, assault on truth and cruelties great and petty has revealed abiding American strengths. Despite the strong economy, Americans overwhelmingly disapprove of this presidency."

LPR expects the htryly authoritarian, anti-democratic Never Trumpers will continue their efforts to undermine the Trump presidency.

This aim has become the essence of their politics. But how much longer will their anti-Trump screeching maintain a smidgen of credibility with the people?

The collapse of the Never Trump movement would be very much in the spirit of the president's call, during the speech, "'to set aside our differences, to seek out common ground and to summon the unity we need to deliver for the people.'"

Or, to say it a bit differently, let the "common good" spirit of Federalist No. 57 guide this quite remarkable president.

 

Red Line

Leave it to CNN to continue to badmouth the President

February 5, 2018 --

CNN says the President's speech got the least favorable rating -- 48 percent "very favorable," and 22 percent somewhat positive -- since it began doing this rating in the 1990s.

CBS, though, marked poll reaction to the speech as 75% positive and 25% negative.

LPR wonders what percentage think the President still is unfit to lead the nation and/or, is mentally unbalanced and must be removed from office?

 

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LPR Musings ...

February 5, 2018 --

A few LPR observations on the Nunes Memo

The Nunes Memo focuses on surveillance of one person: Carter Page, for a time, per the memo, "a volunteer advisor to the Trump presidential campaign." Page was hardly a key campaign aide.
Also, The New York Times, April 20, 2017, reported that it was only after Page left the Trump campaign in September 2016 that "the F.B. I. obtained a warrant from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court" to monitor his activities. Democrats are irate that classified information was allowed to be released on Page, information indicating the FBI and Justice Department had no problem using the anti-Trump dossier for surveillance purpose. But where was there ire, when the Times reported, presumably with leaked classified information, surveillance of Page, last year? And, who else was placed under surveillance. (Surveillance of the Page surveillance got underway in October, 2016, about the same time the anti-Trump FBI senior agent Peter Strzok resumed work on the renewed phase of Clinton emailgate, which also cleared Ms. Clinton, as did the first phase, July 2016.)

Some National Security Analysts from The Swamp, now at NBC and CBS.

Former CIA director John Brennan is now a national security advisor at NBC. He appeared on Meet the Press program, February 4, to denounce Republicans for partisanship, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes for trying to protect President Trump, adding, "Just because [the Steele dossier] was unverified, didn't mean it wasn't true."

And so, The Swamp has tossed "trust but verify" aside. Meanwhile, at Face the Nation, February 4, "national security panelists" included former CIA acting director Mike Morell, and former State Department official Victoria Nuland who said that the Nunes memo marked "a great day for V. Putin." Variation on the collusion claim? All three of these tv natsec analysts are staunchly anti-Trump.

One quick question.

If Democrats regain the House and impeach Presidsent Trump, what will be the main charge: governing while defending against political attack?

 
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February 5, 2018 --

NYT on Political Humor

By the way, a Times article, January 25, suggested that the anti-Trump FBI officials, Peter Strzok and Lisa page, were just joking when they referred to a "secret" group in the FBI. The Times is, of course, unwilling to ever credit President Trump with a sense of humor -- as when he suggested, about 33,000 missing Hillary Clinton emails, that perhaps the Russians could find them. That offhand comment seems to have served the Never Trumpers as the excuse to construct the Russiagate scenario, a scenario without end, apparently.

On Partisan Bickering

Former CIA station chief Daniel HOffman, writing on the op-ed page of The Wall Street Journal, January 29, thinks that Democrats and Republicans ought to focus on Russia President Putin who Hoffman believes is trying "to undermine American's political system." But what of the Never Trump campaign to overthrow the Trump Presidency?

 

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