Tuesday January 16th – Open Thread

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. THY WILL BE DONE, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but DELIVER US FROM EVIL.

For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever and ever. Amen †

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211 Responses to Tuesday January 16th – Open Thread

  1. BigMamaTEA says:

    “Document dump provides more evidence that FBI was playing politics” http://lawflog.com/?p=1832#more-1832

    FTA: ………. “Beth Wilkinson, wife of former NBC host and current CNN commentator David Gregory, represented Clinton aides Cheryl Mills, Heather Samuelson, and Jake Sullivan during the FBI’s whitewash investigation of Mrs. Clinton’s secret email server, and Ms. Wilkinson apparently convinced an all-too-cooperative FBI to protect the contents of Ms. Mills’s and Ms. Samuelson’s laptop computers from public scrutiny.

    “The Government explicitly agreed that the FBI would not assert custody and control of the devices in the face of Freedom of Information Act requests,” Ms. Wilkinson wrote in an August 11, 2016 email from Ms. Wilkinson to James A. Baker, who was then the general counsel of the FBI. Here’s an excerpt from the agreement that Ms. Wilkinson cut-and-pasted into her email.

    The Device is being provided to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”) solely for the purposes of the Department of Justice Investigation, and for the Department’s use in connection with the investigation. In voluntarily providing the Device, Cheryl Mills does not relinquish ownership or control over the Device, except for the FBI’s limited investigative use as specified by this agreement. The FBI does not assert custody and control over the Device or its contents for any other purposes, including any requests made pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. § 552.

    Author of this article is Ty Clevenger, Texas Attorney/wolverine……

    Let me translate that excerpt into plain English: Even though the FBI clearly had custody and control of the laptops, it would deny that it had custody and control whenever somebody (like me) submitted a FOIA request for the contents of those laptops. And I must rely on Ms. Wilkinson’s representation of the agreement because, even though I asked for copies of all agreements between Ms. Wilkinson and the FBI / DOJ more than ten months ago, the government still has not produced the actual agreements.

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    • G. Alistar says:

      Tricky….and reassures me that in the “Swamp” there are some very clever rats and snakes who will stop at nothing for their own nefarious ends.

      Liked by 1 person

      • BigMamaTEA says:

        True, but these are being outed. The real danger was the all of the previous years, at least going back to Slick Willy’s terms. (A lot of these people started with a job for Slick.)

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  2. BigMamaTEA says:

    More from Attorney Ty Clevenger’s update…..http://lawflog.com/?p=1832#more-1832- Clevenger, like Judicial Watch, has been filing FOIA’s, and Bar complaints.

    …..”Not long after Ms. Wilkinson’s email was written, Congressional correspondence indicated that the FBI at some point agreed to destroy Ms. Mills’s and Ms. Sameulson’s laptops, even though the laptops were covered by subpoenas from Congress and private litigants. (That illegal agreement to destroy evidence was the original basis for my original bar grievances against Mr. Comey, Ms. Wilkinson, and former U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch). Shortly thereafter, however, former U.S. Attorney Joe DiGenova said the laptops had not been destroyed.

    Which is it? I filed a FOIA request on March 7, 2017 for “all documents and records indicating whether the laptops… are still in the possession of the FBI or whether they were destroyed,” and I also asked for “all data that was extracted from those laptops,” but the FBI still has not complied with the request.

    Here are a few more observations and comments about the scant ten pages that the FBI produced:

    * Ms. Wilkinson fought to prevent the FBI from publicly releasing its notes (known as “302 forms”) about its interviews with her clients, but here’s the real kicker: “Had my clients and I thought that the agents’ notes and impressions from those interviews ­ contained in the 302 forms ­ would later be released to the public, we would have asked for the interviews to be transcribed.” They should have been transcribed as well as videotaped, just like any state or local law enforcement agency would do. True enough, the FBI usually does not transcribe or videotape, but it’s high time the feds caught up to the 21st century.

    * The FBI not only redacted email addresses and phone numbers, as I would expect, but several names of Justice Department officials from the email headers. Why? According to the FBI’s cover letter, the information was withheld because it would “constitute an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.” So government employees are conducting government business using government email accounts, but releasing their names would invade their personal privacy. What a joke.

    * In the September 1, 2016 letter from Ms. Wilkinson to Mr. Baker, the name of one of her four clients is redacted. According to Politico, the fourth client was Phillipe Reines. Regardless of who it is, why is the FBI still trying to protect his or her identity versus the other three?

    * In an April 13, 2016 email string, Mr. Baker suggests that Ms. Wilkinson talk with one of two other DOJ employees. Her response is intriguing: “Understood. But there is one conversation I need to have only with you. Please give me a call at your convenience.” You may recall that Mr. Baker was reassigned last month after reports suggested he may have leaked “Trump dossier” information to a reporter during the 2016 Presidential campaign. If Ms. Wilkinson considered him a trustworthy political ally, she probably had good reason.

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  3. BigMamaTEA says:

    Justice Department Files Notice to Appeal and Intends to Petition for Immediate Supreme Court Review in DACA Lawsuit


    Liked by 3 people

  4. Janie M. says:

    BTW, treepers, we ALL know Peggy Hubbard, she is fearless, with the twitter vids. showing the dire conditions of East St. Louis (Durbin’s congressional district). DuckDucked her info. to see if I could find those videos loaded onto youtube and had an A-HA! moment when I found this at Heavy:

    Peggy Hubbard: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know


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  5. BigMamaTEA says:

    TurtleHead , on Senate tee-vee, is praising the reauthorization of 702. (The senate just got a message from the House about the House passing their re-auth bill) Rand Paul has said this weekend, he intends to Filibuster the vote. (Which won’t be today, btw)

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  6. Lucille says:

    January 16, 2018 – Daniel Greenfield


  7. oldiadguy says:

    Ir appears that the Navy is going hold folks responsible and take some serious action.


    “The commanders of the two guided-missile destroyers that were involved in fatal collisions with merchant ships in 2017 will face military criminal charges that include charges related dereliction of duty, hazarding a vessel and negligent homicide, after the two incidents that resulted in the death of 17 sailors total, USNI News has learned.”

    Lets see how far this goes.

    Take care and stay safe

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  8. oldiadguy says:

    It looks like those backward Russians may know something about building a subway system.

    Check out the slideshow. I didn’t see anything like this while riding the Tube in London.


    Take care and stay safe


  9. dogsmaw says:

    Winter weather advisory, hard freeze in effect for SW La.

    A winter weather advisory will be in effect for our entire region of southeast Texas, southwest, south central and central Louisiana.

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  10. BigMamaTEA says:

    On Senate tee-vee….Guess they decided to at least try a Cloture vote on FISA 702.

    They started the Cloture vote, Rand Paul is filibustering, (by voice only this time, no standing-talking)

    Reformers (who want to be able to vote on amendments) need 4 more votes to block a vote on the House bill, non-reformers need 5 to break the filibuster. (So something is going on in the back room.)

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  11. Jacqueline Taylor Robson says:



  12. BigMamaTEA says:

    Chad Pergram is helping me to keep up with House tee-vee today


  13. BigMamaTEA says:

    Senate and House have both now adjourned.


    • deqwik2 says:

      I just saw this on twitter. It happened in 2012 but he was just arrested Jan 15, 2018. ??

      Department of Justice
      Office of Public Affairs
      Former CIA Officer Arrested for Retaining Classified Information

      Jerry Chun Shing Lee, aka Zhen Cheng Li, 53, a former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) officer, was arrested last night on charges of unlawful retention of national defense information.
      Dana J. Boente, Acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security and U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Andrew W. Vale, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, made the announcement.

      According to court documents, in August 2012, Lee and his family left Hong Kong to return to the United States to live in northern Virginia. While traveling back to the United States, Lee and his family had hotel stays in Hawaii and Virginia. During each of the hotel stays, FBI agents conducted court-authorized searches of Lee’s room and luggage, and found that Lee was in unauthorized possession of materials relating to the national defense. Specifically, agents found two small books containing handwritten notes that contained classified information, including but not limited to, true names and phone numbers of assets and covert CIA employees, operational notes from asset meetings, operational meeting locations and locations of covert facilities.


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  14. Donzo says:

    Gowdy just told Carlsen that the views are more interested in Mueller’s investigation results than those of the various investigations in Congress? Really? Good thing he’s not leading any more investigations.


  15. Meteor in Michigan around 8:30 pm.

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  16. wondering999 says:

    I don’t see our 9pm prayer thread with lil’birdee’s prayer.
    Maybe it disappeared into WordPress somehow.
    In any case at 9p my prayers went up for our nation and our world.
    Lord please keep us safe from evil; pleaes protect those who are trying to restore justice and law in our country; and thank you for this day and this life

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  17. tazz2293 says:

    We all need a good laugh now and again….

    Bob walked into a sports bar around 9:58 pm.

    He sat down next to a blonde at the bar and stared up at the TV.

    The 10 pm News was coming on.
    The news-crew was covering the story of a man on the ledge of a large building preparing to jump.

    The blonde looked at Bob and said,

    “Do you think he’ll jump ?”

    Bob said,
    “You know, I bet he’ll jump.”

    The blonde replied,
    “Well, I bet he won’t.”

    Bob placed a $20 note on the bar and said,
    “You’re on !”

    Just as the blonde placed her money on the bar, the guy on the ledge did a swan dive off the building, falling to his death.

    The blonde was very upset, but willingly handed her $20 to Bob.
    “Fair’s fair Here’s your money.”

    Bob replied,
    “I can’t take your money.
    I saw this earlier on the 5 pm News, so I knew he would jump.”

    The blonde replied,
    “I did, too, but I didn’t think he’d do it again.”

    Bob took the money.

    Liked by 3 people

  18. nikkichico7 says:

    Goodnight, sleep tight, don’t let the ….. nah we’re not going there 🌹


    Liked by 2 people

  19. thinkthinkthink says:

    Praying for those battling to breathe and overcome this horrific flu…

    For some it may lead to a lifetime battle similar to Jennifer…


  20. Mike diamond says:

    Jeff flake is a fake !


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