White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany Press Briefing – Video and Transcript..

Earlier today White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany held a briefing with the press pool. During the press briefing Ms. McEnany highlighted the targeting of Michael Flynn. Video and Transcript below:

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[Transcript] – MS. MCENANY: Good afternoon. Today marks the 75th anniversary of VE Day, a triumphant milestone in our nation’s history and indeed in world history. Seventy-five years ago today, our brave American forces defeated fascism in Europe. And through the selfless devotion of thousands of patriots, they saved the world.

Over 180,000 Americans gave their lives in the European theater during World War Two. And I want to take just a moment to honor their service and their sacrifice. Thank you to all of our veterans. You are truly, truly our heroes.

Now, as I move to my next subject, I want to begin by saying this: Look, our rank-and-file men and women at the FBI are heroes in their own right. They protect this country from domestic crime, and we thank them for their service. They work hard. And once again, we owe them a debt of gratitude. But that is separate and apart from what I’m about to address right now.

The FBI exists to investigate crimes. But in the case of Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, it appears that they might have existed to manufacture one. As the motion filed by the Department of Justice yesterday explained, the FBI set out to interview General Michael Flynn, when they had no predigate [sic] — predicate for any investigation of any crime.

Over the past week, we learned, from a handwritten note, the true intent behind the FBI’s investigation of Lieutenant General Michael Flynn. The very day that then-FBI Director Jim Comey sent agents to the White House to interview Flynn, the FBI discussed what their intent was beforehand. This is what they said: “What is our goal? Truth, admission? Or to get him to lie so we can prosecute him or get him fired?” These notes, in addition to other evidence, raise serious questions about the handling of the — of the FBI’s handling of Michael Flynn’s case.

Did the FBI confront Flynn with the intent to get him to lie so that we can prosecute him and fire him? Did the FBI manufacture a crime against Lieutenant General Michael Flynn?

Federal investigators appear to paint a target on the back of General Michael Flynn. Kimberley Strassel of The Wall Street Journal laid out, point by point, the very concerning aspects of this case, and I’m going to reiterate them as outlined in her column over the weekend:

In December 2016, Flynn spoke as the incoming national security advisor to the Russian ambassador. This call, as is customary, was recorded by the United States government. They record calls with foreigners. But in a highly irregular move, the intelligence community, under the Obama administration, unmasked the identity of Michael Flynn, a United States citizen, who is entitled to Fourth Amendment rights and to due process. But Lieutenant General Michael Flynn received none of that.

The intelligence community was hunting for evidence against General Flynn — evidence they did not find. We learned from newly released transcripts that in stark contrast to what former DNI James Clapper had been saying publicly, and contrary to what he was saying publicly, here’s what he was saying privately with regard to Russian collusion: “I never saw any direct empirical evidence that the Trump campaign or someone in it was plotting [or] conspiring with the Russians to meddle with the election.” Sounds awfully different from what he just said 10 days prior in a public capacity.

Having found no evidence of Russian collusion, the FBI came up with a new absurd theory that Flynn might have violated the Logan Act, a statute from 1799 that, in its 200 years of existence, had never been used to convict an American citizen, but it was resurrected in the case of Lieutenant General Michael Flynn.

Michael Flynn didn’t violate the Logan Act. Even the FBI did not think that General Flynn’s telephone call provided the predicate for a criminal investigation. In fact, in January of 2017, an internal FBI document concluded that Flynn was, quote, “no longer a valid viable candidate for investigation.” Disgraced FBI agent and noted Trump hater, Peter Strzok, disagreed, texting this: “Hey, if you haven’t closed that Flynn case yet, don’t do so yet.” End quote. So the Flynn case remained active. This was a good thing for Peter Strzok, but it was a bad thing for justice. It was a bad thing for the rule of law.

According to yesterday’s motion to dismiss the case against Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, it said this: Mr. Strzok immediately relayed the, quote, “serendipitously good” news to Lisa Page, special counsel at the FBI, remarking, quote, “our utter incompetence actually helps us.” That’s right. Their utter incompetence to close the case against Lieutenant General Michael Flynn was something to be serendipitously celebrated.

The scheme to manufacture a case against Michael Flynn continued. After President Trump entered office, the FBI’s partisan pursuit of General Flynn proceeded under Jim Comey’s FBI. Despite possessing a transcript of Flynn’s entire conversation, the FBI decided it was somehow necessary to go ask General Flynn what happened on the call, despite having a transcript in their possession. The only motive would have been to, quote, “get him to lie.”

They advised him he didn’t need a lawyer present. Imagine that: “You’re an American citizen. You don’t need a lawyer. We’re just coming in to have a chat.” They didn’t inform their superiors at the Department of Justice about their intent to interview Flynn, despite their own attorney at the FBI saying, “If we usually tell the White House, then I think we need to do what we normally do.” But they ignored the advice of FBI counsel, and they went in to interrogate Michael Flynn.

Acting Attorney General Sally Yates, no fan of President Trump, said she was “flabbergasted.” She was “dumbfounded” by the decision to not inform DOJ officials who, quote, “hit the roof.” This is all outlined in a legal document that you can find.

Additionally, when the FBI arrived at the White House, they did not even warn lawyer-less Flynn about the consequences for providing an inaccurate response. The interrogation of Michael Flynn was not an inquiry. Make no mistake: It was a trap. Even more troubling was the fact that after the interrogation of Flynn, former Deputy Director of the FBI Andy McCabe concluded that he, quote, “didn’t think Flynn was lying.” But the case against Flynn continued.

We were pleased to learn yesterday that the Justice Department moved to drop the case against General Michael Flynn. Though it took several years, it is encouraging to see that justice finally prevailed. As we move forward as a country, it’s important to take these revelations very seriously in order for Americans to have faith in our justice system.

If the top leadership of the FBI can target a three-star general who served this country for three decades, make no mistake, they can target you. It’s hard to believe that this happened in the United States of America.

General Michael Flynn’s life was forever changed. He had to sell his home. He faced financial ruin. His family was even threatened with prosecution. But despite all of that, here’s what Michael Flynn put out yesterday in his first reaction to the motion to dismiss. If we can play the video, let’s go ahead and play it.

I don’t think we have the video queued, but I encourage you all to go on General Twynn’s [sic] — Flynn’s Twitter feed, and what you’ll see is a really beautiful video of his grandson talking about how much he loves this country and how everyone deserves justice for all. And how commendable that is for General Flynn, at a time when he was so gravely wronged to say this: I still believe in this country. I still believe in America. I still believe in the principles that make this country the greatest on Earth.

And in the words of renowned political philosopher Baron de Montesquieu, “There is no greater tyranny than that which is perpetrated under the shield of law and in the name of justice.”

I hope the media will take these questions very seriously, will report the facts. There was heavy interest in the first iteration of Flynn news from many years ago that got four times the coverage that the exoneration of Michael Flynn got today. That was a report by Media Research Center. So these facts are important, and thank you very much for those who have taken interest in reporting.

And with that, I’ll take questions.

Q Thank you.

MS. MCENANY: Jim, you were so kind on the trip the other day to Honeywell, so you get the first one.

Q Thank you, Kayleigh. And congratulations on becoming Press Secretary.

MS. MCENANY: Thank you.

Q I wanted to ask you, putting aside the situation with Michael Flynn: Today, the unemployment rate hit the highest point since the Great Depression. What is the President’s plan to get this country out of this ditch?

MS. MCENANY: Yeah, you know, this President is the “jobs President.” This President got us to a place where we had the lowest [un]employment rate in the history of this country, historic lows for black Americans, Hispanic Americans, the disabled veterans.

As the President has noted, and I think this is right: We had to put a stop to the economy. It was a pause. This wasn’t some, you know, economic catastrophe that organically happened. It was decided upon by the President of the United States to stop the United States economy because we had to save 2.2 million lives — perhaps more, somewhere in that range — because American lives, that’s what mattered most.

And so this President, when faced with this very tough decision to put a pause on the hottest economy in modern history, said American lives matter most. And that’s what he did.

And I can tell you this: The President that got us to the hottest economy in modern history, he’s done it once, and he can do it again.

Q What’s the plan?

MS. MCENANY: We’re going to work with Congress. We’re going to come up with hopefully a phase four. We encourage the House to maybe reconvene soon. It’d be helpful if Nancy Pelosi was here.

But thus far, what we’ve done is the PPP, of course — Paycheck Protection Program — that has really kept a lot of employees on the payroll. Sixty million employees, roughly half of the workforce and private sector in this country, have been kept on payroll thanks to that measure.

But going forward, you know, principles like deregulation, principles like lowering taxes — the President has mentioned a payroll tax pause, which would be a great thing for the American people. There are a lot of proposals being entertained. I don’t want to get ahead of the President, but I can tell you —

Q Isn’t there a problem with — isn’t there a problem though — the President wants people to get back to work; he wants these governors to reopen their states. But if Americans aren’t comfortable going to restaurants and movie theaters, or the beach or whatever, how do you get this economy moving again? What’s the plan?

MS. MCENANY: I can tell you there’s a lot of pent-up demand in this country. There’s a lot of people who do want to go out to restaurants, who do want to go out to movies, who do want to go back to their jobs. We see it and we hear about it every day.

I don’t think that that’s a problem. I think people can trust that we have a President who wants to reopen and reopen safely. These are data-driven guidelines to reopening. The President has those in place, so there’s no reason to be concerned because we have a President who always looks at the data, as Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx have repeatedly noted.

Zeke?

Q Kayleigh, there was a second confirmed case of COVID-19 here at the White House today. Apparently, a member of the Vice President’s staff. That’s two in two days in a building where people are being tested now — including the President and the Vice President — every day, and they’ve had their temperature checked for months here. Why should the average American, whose workplace doesn’t have access to these rapid tests, feel comfortable going to work if the White House isn’t even safe for people?

MS. MCENANY: Well, look, this individual — there is a member of the Vice President’s team who is positive for coronavirus. We have put in place the guidelines that our experts have — experts have put forward to keep this building safe, which means contact tracing. All of the recommended guidelines we have for businesses that have essential workers, we’re now putting in place here in the White House. So as America reopens safely, the White House is continuing to operate safely.

Yes, Jon.

Q Kayleigh, the President, of course, we saw him go down to the World War II Memorial with a group of seven American heroes, all in their 90s. Did he give any consideration to wearing a mask, given that his valet just tested positive and he’s with some of those in the most vulnerable population? Did he — did he consider wearing a mask while he was with these veterans?

MS. MCENANY: Well, this President is regularly tested. This President will make the decision as to whether to wear a mask or not.

I can tell you that those veterans are protected. They made the choice to come here because they’ve chosen to put their nation first. They wanted to be with their Commander-in-Chief on this momentous day. And it was their choice to come here, and I can tell you that the President always puts the safety of our veterans first and of the American people first.

Q Well, how much time — how much exposure has he had to his — his valet? Can you give us a sense of —

MS. MCENANY: I can just tell you that we’ve taken every single precaution to protect the President. The same guidelines that our experts have put in place: We clean the facility, we social distance, we keep people six feet away from one another. So we’ve done every single thing that Dr. Birx and Dr. Fauci have asked us to do. And I can assure the American people that their Commander-in-Chief is protected.

Yeah.

Q Thanks, Kayleigh. I want to ask you about the Gilead drug, remdesivir. Which government agency is in charge of distributing that drug? And is the White House satisfied with how that drug is being distributed around the country?

MS. MCENANY: Yeah, we’re — I actually just spoke with Dr. Birx about this. She is going to be working and consulting as to where this drug should go. She’s the person who’s constantly reviewing the numbers, constantly reviewing the data. I’m in task force with her every day, and she really has the best grasp as to how that should be distributed.

So she will be one of the chief consultants as to how that drug is distributed, which I would note, 1.5 million vials donated by Gilead. We’re so thankful for that. This drug is promising, and we want to get it to the American people and to the areas that need it most.

Yamiche?

Q Hi. Thanks so much for — and congratulations on the new gig.

MS. MCENANY: Thank you.

Q This is my first time seeing you at the podium. I have two quick questions. The first one is about, what’s the possibility of the federal government getting involved in the Ahmaud Arbery case, given that Georgia doesn’t have any hate crime laws? If it’s proven that these men chased and killed Ahmaud Arbery because he was an African American and they racially profiled him, would the Justice Department consider getting involved?

MS. MCENANY: Look, I — first, I want to say that my heart goes out to the family of Ahmaud. I can’t imagine what they’re going through right now. My heart breaks for this family. I know the President’s heart breaks. I’ve spoken to him about that.

And I can tell you we will follow the facts. Right now, as you know, it’s in the court in Georgia. It’s a state matter. But, absolutely, we will be following every detail. I’d refer you to DOJ. But as the facts merit, I’m certain that they’ll be following those facts.

And you had a second question?

Q The second question I have is: In 2015, shortly after
the President said that some Mexican immigrants were rapists and criminals, you said that that language was racist and hateful. Do you still believe that today?

MS. MCENANY: Well, I’m actually glad you asked that because for about the first four weeks of the election, I was watching CNN, and I was naively believing some of the headlines that I saw on CNN and —

Q I think you’re probably going to start reading headlines, but that’s fine. I just want to know if you also personally still believe that.

MS. MCENANY: I’m actually not — I’m actually not going to read the headlines. So I very quickly came around and supported the President. In fact, CNN hired me. I was on many eight-on-one panels where I proudly supported this President who I believe is one of the best presidents, if not the best president this country will ever have.

But I would encourage the individual who did that analysis of my past, rather than focusing on me, he really should be focused on some of the very guests CNN chose to have on their network. He should be focused on — I mean, my — over here, Jim — Jim Clapper who said, you know, 10 days before he privately told investigators there was no evidence of collusion, that Watergate pales in comparison to the Russia probe. I’d encourage them to look at Samantha Powers who’s privately saying: I’m not in possession of any evidence of collusion. Ambassador Rice: I don’t recall intelligence or evidence of any collusion. Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch: I do not recall that being briefed to me.

And for three years — two years — probably more than that — CNN ran with the collusion narrative. And if the American people are watching right now, you’re probably very confused as to some of the quotes I read, because those individuals were saying much different things publicly than they were saying privately. And I’m very grateful that those transcripts were released yesterday. And perhaps the KFile should do an analysis of that.

Yes, Ebony?

Q Respectfully, are you walking back those comments today at all?

MS. MCENANY: I support —

Q Or do you stand by those comments that you made?

MS. MCENANY: I support this President. There is no questioning that. I’m so honored to work for him.

And, Ebony, next question.

Q Thank you. On the Michael Flynn case, Kayleigh, documents released yesterday suggest members of the intelligence community tried to keep the case against Michael Flynn ongoing. I’m wondering if you think there should be an investigation and whether the administration is considering bringing charges against people like James Clapper and Peter Strzok.

MS. MCENANY: Yeah, I’d refer you to the DOJ on that, but I would say there were some very, very questionable actions that happened in this case, and I took you through a number of them. And I do think the American people deserve answers, but I leave it to the Justice Department as to how to get those answers.

Yes.

Q Thank you, Kayleigh. Has the President spoken to Michael Flynn since this news yesterday? And do you expect that he will visit the White House? Is that something that’s being planned?

MS. MCENANY: I’m not aware of any conversations that have taken place and not aware of any future plans that would regard Michael Flynn.

Q Could I ask one more? Larry Kudlow said today that negotiations on the next stimulus are at a lull right now. Given where the numbers are on unemployment, from your perspective, from the White House perspective, why is it at a lull right now?

MS. MCENANY: Well, look, I think Nancy Pelosi should explore coming back and having the House come back and having those discussions. We know the Senate is here. I think it’s important for us to move and look at a phase four. The President thinks so too.

So those negotiations will happen. But a big part of that is, you know, we need the House; we need Nancy Pelosi to come back from California and get to Washington, D.C., and to work for the American people.

Yeah.

Q Thank you. And congratulations on your new role.

MS. MCENANY: Thank you very much.

Q Yeah. Following up on Jim’s questions about getting back the economy — getting the economy started again, does the President see the CDC guidelines as an obstacle to getting the company — getting the country back up and running again? And if it does not see the CDC guidelines as an obstacle, why not release those guidelines to the public and also follow them as we move forward?

MS. MCENANY: So, I assume you’re talking about the guidelines that were widely reported about yesterday, about daycares —

Q Yes.

MS. MCENANY: Yeah, so I would ask you, you know, what’s the definition of CDC guidelines? Is it something that the CDC director has actually seen? I would endeavor to say yes. Is it something that a rogue CDC employee leaks to you guys? No, those aren’t CDC guidelines; those are guidelines in draft form that a rogue employee has given you for whatever personal reason they’ve decided to do that. Those guidelines are in the editing process.

We want the American people to get as much information as they can possibly have at this time. That’s why we have the phased reopening guidelines, the data-driven guidelines. Those CDC guidelines are going through an editing process. And when we have those, you guys will be the first to know.

How are we on time, Alyssa?

AIDE: (Inaudible.)

MS. MCENANY: Okay. What — sorry —

AIDE: Two to one. Two minutes to one.

MS. MCENANY: Oh, two minutes to one. I’m sorry to cut this short, but as you know, you guys were supposed to be, three minutes ago, with the President of the United States. So I will leave you guys with that.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend. And thanks so much everyone.

Q Why did you spend the first part of this briefing talking about Mike Flynn —

MS. MCENANY: Justice matters.

Q — when both the President and Vice President were exposed to coronavirus and we have historic unemployment?

END 12:58 P.M. EDT

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136 Responses to White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany Press Briefing – Video and Transcript..

  1. Can we stop the BS with this “FBI rank and file are heroes”?

    They are not. If they were, SpyGate, Roger Stone military style arrest, Waco, Boston bomber, Orlando bomber, Las Vegas shooting, etc. etc. etc. would NEVER have happened.

    It’s s complete lie. The FBI institution is corrupt to the core. 90% of DC voted for Hillary.

    With the FBI gone, real crime would go down.

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    • Кomrade Яetslag says:

      If the “top” FBI agents and attorneys: Peter Strzok, Joe Pientka, Kevin Clinesmith, and Lisa Page were the very best the FBI has to offer, that doesn’t reflect well on the rest of the organization.

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      • Exactly.

        BTW, have we ever heard back on the Las Vegas mass shooting from our “premier” law organization?

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        • Bill Durham says:

          As a mature man with a firm hand, I approve of K-Mac.

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        • FrankieZee says:

          Isn’t it amazing how the Vegas shootings fell off the face of the earth. And we are supposed to have faith in that corrupt organization.

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          • Right Mover says:

            The Vegas shootings fall into the same category as hydroxychloroquine and 15 Days to Slow the Spread. We’re not supposed to remember they were ever discussed.

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          • jumpinjarhead says:

            All forgotten except of course for the lasting fallout in banning bumpstocks that was a victory for the gun grabbers.

            Regrettably, POTUS took their bait and banned them via an executive order (that the BATFE later admitted to be ultra vires) that actually usurped the responsibility and authority of Congress in that it had already defined and thereafter strictly regulated “machine guns” in a manner that clearly could not apply to regulate bumpstocks.

            While I think they are dangerous toys for wannabe ST-6 operators, the focus on a thing to be banned was a very bad precedent that undoubtedly will be used by the gun grabbers in the future to get other “things” banned that have absolutely nothing to do with the issues they say they are trying to “solve.”

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      • littleanniesfannie says:

        It would appear that the rank and file have a complete understanding of the depth and breadth of the corruption in the DoJ but especially in the FBI. It would also appear that the risk of exposure and the likely result of the death (via Arkancide or some similar method) reigns over love of country among these agents and lawyers. If this isn’t true, surely in the “rank-and-file” one honest whistleblower could be found.
        How many times has an honest whistleblower come forward and not been threatened into oblivion? The most visible whistleblowers in recent history have been “fronts” and the charges made have been fabricated or twisted by a partisan hatred.

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      • MelH says:

        WORDPRESS!!!!!

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    • sonoftrump says:

      Thank You!! Same as “Tick Tock Hannity” as his constant 99% reference. 40 were on the Mueller team! The FBI needs to be burned to the ground! It’s a den of vermin.

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      • Bill Durham says:

        Yep. Where are all the FBI whistle blowers??? Whistle blowers come out of the woodwork if Trump has 2 scoops!

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      • MitchRyderDetroitWheels says:

        https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/05/president-trump-not-happy-director-wray-hints-may-chop-video/
        During an interview on Fox & Friends Friday morning, co-host Brian Kilmeade asked Trump, “Why did it take a judge to release these [Flynn] documents and where was the FBI Director Chris Wray? Why did he not put this out?”
        President Trump replied, “Well, a lot of things are going to be told over the next couple of weeks and let’s see what happens. He was appointed by Rod Rosenstein and a lot of things are coming out. You’ll see a lot of things coming out. It’s disappointing.”

        “Recommended by Chris Christie, right?” Kilmeade asked.
        President Trump replied, “He was recommended by Chris, but he was appointed by — he was really recommended by Rod Rosenstein and Chris said, ‘Fine, let’s see what happens with him.’”
        “Look, the jury is still out with regard to that, but it would have been a lot easier if he came out rather than skirting and going through, you know, 19 different ways except through the FBI, so let’s see,” Trump continued, adding, “You know, I told Bill Barr, ‘You handle it.’ I would be absolutely entitled, in theory, the chief law enforcement officer, in theory, but I said, ‘You know what? I want Bill Barr to handle it. I want nothing to do…’”

        Doesn’t sound good for Ole Chris

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    • arsumbris says:

      98% of the FBI are the opposite of “heroes” according to the rate of rubber-stamp FISA requests. That figure extends twofold to the DoJ at-large, given the illegal “parallel construction” policy that exploits the bulk data collection spying the NSA perpetrates on Americans, and lies to Title III courts that the predicates of criminal investigations aren’t tainted by warrant-less surveillance.

      There’s a deadly form of cancer in this nation, and it’s worse than what the FBI did to Flynn and Trump. In fact, what was done to Flynn was probably designed to cover up more than what was done to Trump during the election. Flynn knew, or had the beginnings of knowledge, of what kind of crimes the Three Stooges were up to.

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      • MitchRyderDetroitWheels says:

        I bet 85% of those hired by the FBI are from northeast colleges thus liberals run the show and it will not change.

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      • Jim in TN says:

        Most FBI don’t do FISA. They have to go to real judges who have to deal with real defense attorneys.

        But still, with the success rate for federal prosecutions, and high rates of plea bargaining, there could be a lot of Flynn like admissions of guilt by innocent people. People who can’t afford to defend themselves and get bad legal help.

        And there has been quite a lot of abuse by prosecutors and judges against Republicans even before Trump. What do the FBI say or do when their work is used to railroad innocent people?

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    • Kenji says:

      I’ve been screaming the same thing for years. You are correct

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    • vikingmom says:

      Agree!! To my knowledge, not one single rank and file agent spoke up after ANY of the incidents that you listed. THAT is what a true whistleblower would have done!!

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      • California Joe says:

        ….and none will speak up because they will risk their career at the FBI and a $150,000 salary with Cadillac benefits.

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      • All Too Much says:

        A year or so ago, Sundance wrote about something Mueller did, recruiting FBI personnel to move to the DC FBI office. The result, if I recall what Sundance wrote, was to flood the DC office with people of a certain philosophy. I don’t want to describe it, as its been awhile since I read it. I have searched the archives for it. Maybe digging deeper is the key.

        What Sundance described would, or could account, for the lack of DC office whistle blowers. Maybe that is stretching what SD wrote, but it might explain things.

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        • Ninja7 says:

          All Too Much, Believe that the field office (Case Officers?) Had to transfer out after five or seven years. Than were transferred to DC, else there would be no more promotions IIRC

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          • All Too Much says:

            Yes, that was the article.
            Glad I’m not imaging things.
            Thx

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          • Jim in TN says:

            It was an up or out process. No staying in the same place setting up long term relationships with crooks. (I still want to know how many of Mueller’s cases in Boston were touched or tainted by Connolly.)

            But one effect is to take rapid control over all leadership, top to bottom.

            No career in Phoenix for good agents who have started to raise a family.
            No solid anchors or exemplars of doing things the right way for new agents to look up to and learn from.

            Just people willing to play the HQ game as determined by the shady likes of Mueller, Comey and Wray.

            But there are a lot of wrong things done by the FBI throughout its existence. Under and after Hoover. So we can’t foist it all off on the three stooges.

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          • sturmudgeon says:

            “Then were transferred” ??

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      • dd_sc says:

        And a whole bunch threatened to quit if Comey exonerated Clinton. Then crickets.

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    • James F says:

      Maybe she doesn’t want to experience Schumer’s “six ways from Sunday” this early in her her new job.

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    • dd_sc says:

      If the FBI spent as much time and effort surveiling the lone gunmen/bombers they knew about as they did surveiling Team Trump, those terrorists wouldn’t have made it out of their driveways.

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    • unconqueredone says:

      The FBI would appear to be exactly like any other organization. The bell curve shows a small percentage are exceptional, the middle are functionaries “just doing their job”, and the other end are the exceptionally bad. The exceptional rise to visibility for both good and bad, and the rest put their finger to the wind to see which is in their best interest to follow and support. Pass the buck to those ordering you around, even if you were willingly doing their bidding. However, the culture of going along to get along makes those middle functionaries complicit to the extent of their knowledge.

      This cements the fact you should never trust a government agent or official. They are not likely to be your friend.

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      • booger71 says:

        An FBI agent will appear to be your friend at the same time he/she is asking you to commit a crime.

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      • sturmudgeon says:

        unconqueredone.. Good post.. thanks!

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      • littleanniesfannie says:

        I don’t believe the curve is bell. It is definitely skewed to the “bad” side. Maybe 1% on the “good side”, 79% in the “just doing their job” side and 20% on the “bad” side. And the “bad” side is the side willing to commit crimes in the name of “doing their job” to achieve a political end without regard to fidelity, bravery and definitely not integrity.

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    • bertdilbert says:

      Right now the FBI looks more like a criminal organization. Regardless of the “good people at the FBI” that team Trump likes to project, the pubilc does not think in those terms. The FBI needs to get rebranded.

      The could start by looking for anyone who donated to Hillary Clinton as a first move to identify those with political bias.

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    • Kitty-Kat says:

      When working in a corporation, and a president leaves, the question becomes, “Who do we become now?”

      A corporation takes on the personality of its CEO. Imo, this applies to all top-down organizations.

      I’ve personally seen it happen: if the boss is a polite gentleman, everyone in the company acts politely; if he’s a rude sob, everyone becomes rude and abrupt.

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    • “ FBI…rank and file…heroes..” I would imagine job security, pensions, retirement benefits are important to an FBI agent, as well as all of us ‘rank and file’ civilians. Just curious as to what a senior ‘rank and file’ Agent earns per year? Perks? Pension? Is it comparable to base pay for a member of the House or Senate?

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    • disgusted citizen says:

      I think its rank & bile…

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    • DaughterofLiberty says:

      Indeed!! Because if so, then where are all those ‘protected’ whistle blowers, eh, Mike Atkinson????

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    • clearmorning7 says:

      Agreed, so tired of hearing that, they say that the “fish rots from the head down” do not tell me that the WHOLE FBI was not aware nor prejudiced, I remember from the gity go a secret service agent stating “she would not take a bullet for the President” she was NOT Fired just reassigned, why was she not fired? And secret service usually comes from the FBI, so I can just imagine how the FBI felt and if they were Pro-Trump, probably feared for their jobs, well how does fear help this nation, it doesn’t, so I am sirry there is NO excuse whatsoever that a person can make. If he was worried about a paycheck and his/her family, well in that position it tells me they could easily be blackmailed…either your secure in your posiytion and you DIO “The Right Thing” or you get another job!

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  2. ncedgar says:

    After the Michael Flynn overview, only one question… Did PJDT talk to Flynn? and more “gotcha” from NPR “journalist”.

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    • petszmom says:

      Agree. I was waiting for her to blast yamiche in return with the focus of the introduction: Flynn. Something that would have a smarted would have been examples of Flynn agitprop from NPR or some rayciss krrap like the BLM nonsense. That notebook would be easy to keep up. I was actually stunned she gave Jim Acosta the first question ‘because you were so nice on the way to Honeywell’. He isnt nice, he is a corrupt hack and she ceded her power to him right there. I was disappointed today but i have had enough of our administration being bashed endlessly. I will be ok.

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    • Tl Howard says:

      “Hey, lady!. We’re NOT getting paid to be introspective. We’re getting paid to get Trump!”

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  3. Rj says:

    The Fan Belt Inspectors do not deserve to be put on a pedestal Of any kind because NONE of them had come out to blow the whistle on the corruption. Plus the many who took part in unconstitutional raids knowing they were dirty.

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    • They knowingly lie every single day to harm our President and thereby our country. They should be massively sued. The libel laws need to get revised. Free speech should not include freedom to harm by intentional lies.

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    • yup, wHAT ABOUT THOSE 4 & 5 am RAIDS WITH TELLING cnn WHERE TO SIT SO THEY COULD GET A GREAT VIEW, FBI dID IT TO MANAFORT, TO Cohen and to Stone,k lord knows how many others they did it to,,, FBI heroes hah, I’ll eat my shirt thank you! (apologies caps)

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  4. starfcker says:

    Sorry Kayleigh. F*** the FBI. All of them. Burn it to the ground. Every one of those overpaid CYA- I don’t see nothing – just waiting for my pension assholes deserves to lose their job.

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  5. The Boss says:

    Not a question about General Flynn’s mistreatment by Obama-Biden FBI. Instead, the press whores virtue signaled and asked stupid questions, including another swipe at Kayleigh which she batted back into their masked faces.

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  6. Didn’t really want to talk about the biggest story, biggest miscarriage of justice, did they?

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  7. Ladyspeaker says:

    I noticed MSM Crew were all wearing masks….4 am talking points LOL. PDJT must shit back and just laugh cause…. after all these gotcha questions of why he doesn’t wear a mask and then he throws it back at them and says you don’t either….. I can just see him. “For my next act…..dance my little puppets dance”. Just to funny!!!

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  8. “Justice Matters!”

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  9. jus wundrin says:

    Only 2 questions about Gen. Flynn, and nothing about obama being implicated in everything russia. The MSM jackals wont dare touch their golden one.

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  10. markmurraybooks says:

    Wow, this says everything (see below). Trump’s Administration focuses on Justice matters. The Main Street Media focuses on … turning a blind eye to critical truths while muttering inane, drivel-laced, insipid talking points.

    “Justice matters”. That should be the reply to every single question the idiotic MSM asks until they relent and start asking about things that matter.

    Q Why did you spend the first part of this briefing talking about Mike Flynn —
    MS. MCENANY: Justice matters.
    Q — when both the President and Vice President were exposed to coronavirus and we have historic unemployment?

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  11. NJF says:

    Boy she’s a keeper.

    Liked by 10 people

    • Dutchman says:

      Yeah, hit it out of the park, she’s great!
      So, if the FBI leadership totally blindsided the,DOJ on the Flynn case,….
      One has to ask; HOW in the HELL did Flynn ever get CHARGED, since while the FBI, like any LE can make the actual arrest, it THEN goes to PROSECUTORS.

      You know, like in “Law and Order” T.V. show.

      And, IF the prosecutors who railroaded Flynn were the SAME team that prosecuted PapaD, Manafort, Cohen and Stone, as well as that poor russian girl,..
      Shouldn’t THOSE cases be reviewed by an independant prosecutor like Ellis?

      Asking for a friend, named Lady Justice,…

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  12. All Too Much says:

    Superb job.

    Justice matters.

    Liked by 5 people

  13. Scarlet says:

    I like her a lot. I just wish she would lose the constant “you guys “ phrase. It’s very grating.

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  14. Pale rider says:

    Im listening to a press secretary appointed individual appointed by the president describing an attack by a weaponized FBI as the enemy. She could substitute any foreign enemy and it would sound the same but its not, its our highest law enforcement agency. Not only that, its all of our justice system, a war waged by our own system against the American people. Yeah, I don’t see voting ending this reign of terror.

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    • Tallpaul says:

      Great analysis Pale Rider. Right to the point that we have passed the point of no return. All of our bulwarks have been breeched to the point that the power of the vote….the bedrock of our civil society…is virtually useless and irredeamable.

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  15. rvsueandcrew says:

    I love the cross necklace.

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  16. Sharon says:

    “Over 180,000 Americans gave their lives in the European theater during World War Two”

    Three of those Americans young men in their late teens were from our little country church on the prairie in NE Montana. I was born in 1944 – a couple of years before they went to war – and I grew up looking at the banner that hung in the front of the church near the chancel, memorializing their lives and acknowledging their deaths. It had a deep blue background and three red stars and gold trim.

    Their parents were my parents’ peers and farm neighbors. Their grandparents were all part of the first generation of Danish pioneers who had settled that land and broken the prairie sod around 1900.

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    • slowcobra says:

      Thank you for sharing that, Sharon. My dad was a WWII veteran. Those “boys” are my heroes.

      It was nice to see President Trump and the First Lady paying their respects at the Memorial today. And I was happy to hear Kayleigh start out with the anniversary as her lead topic.

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    • cheering4america says:

      I thank you too.

      My dad was a WWII veteran of the Pacific theatre, born in 1926 so a little late to the war.

      His dad was an immigrant from Denmark, he came at 5 years of age with his parents and siblings, went through the whole Ellis Island procedure, and they also ended up in the plains states where there were a lot of Danish.

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      • Sharon says:

        Yes, my dad was actually born in Nebraska, which was one of the places the Danes congregated while they decided how to proceed and try to save enough more money to be able to pioneer on their own land.

        There were significant Danish communities in Nebraska and Iowa – and then the communities I was familiar with in Montana.

        There is a wonderful museum in Aurora, NB that is just a treat for the eyes and the heart – covering all things re Danish emigration during the late 1800s.

        My parents were actually married in 1926, some years after my dad’s service on a troop ship in the Atlantic during WWI.

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  17. MVW says:

    I wish she had been my first grade teacher as would the rest of the class. Such is life.

    But the scorpion and poisonous snake press certainly don’t deserve a kind, pretty, smart, sweetheart. On the other hand, the press do sound like spoiled kindergarteners. Milk and cookies, then naptime for the little whiners.

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  18. burnett044 says:

    Rank and File..heroes????
    yeah right…..

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  19. wee2low says:

    I wonder if her cross burns the skin of the “reporters” in the room.

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  20. jbbaillon says:

    Great job.Too bad, so many of the “reporters” are filled with blind rage against POTUS. Makes you wonder why the Administration continues with these briefings. Perhaps ordinary citizens should be given Press Credentials so they could attend and questions that people really want answered.

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  21. realeyecandy1 says:

    wonder how long before some “reporter” claims to be “triggered” by her cross????

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  22. I wonder if she handed their asses back as she left…. They certainly seemed to have had them handed to them…………… 🙂

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  23. TradeBait says:

    Yeah – we saw all those rank and file FBI lining up to be whistleblowers for years. Oh wait…

    Liars lie. The MSM are liars.

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  24. bluecat57 says:

    Insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting different results. Is the entire press corp insane? From Trump to the Sanitation Dept. Spokesperson, every press briefing points out the incompetence of members of the WHCA.

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  25. bluecat57 says:

    Eyes up here bozo.

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  26. gingergal says:

    Did anyone watch this on Fox news? They saturated her with blue, just like they saturate red for our president. It was obvious when they did the double screen with the masked reporters because their skin was the normal color and hers looked cyanotic. Wondered if anyone else caught that.

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  27. DeWalt says:

    This will grab you. About email hoax.

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  28. BruceC says:

    It’s been well over 24hrs (probably closer to 36hrs) down here in Oz since the announcement of the Flynn dismissal … yet not a single word has been spoken from our media, print or TV … but the reporting of the President’s valet and another of the VP’s staff testing positive to COVID-19 is BIG NEWS!

    If it wasn’t for CTH, we would have zero idea of what is REALLY going on.

    BruceC (not to be confused with a BruceG whom I have noticed is also from my neck of the woods)

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    • hawkins6 says:

      The national MSM has covered it extensively but in its usually dishonest and distorted way which is worse than remaining silent on the issue

      They saturated their reports with the deceitful comments of numerous Democrat sleazebags like Schiff and discredited Coup participants like Comey, McCabe etc that claimed A/G Barr and the DOJ are now just Trump political tools and other butt covering nonsense.They also used Gen. Flynn’s guilty plea as their main justification to personally mock Barr and his entire dismissal process. The Trump team have to hit back harder and longer until as much of the truth can be disseminated to the public

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      • hawkins6 says:

        BruceC Note—I was referring to the American “national media” of course. The Canadian CBC and also Global TV did cover it as did the BBC so you seem to be alone in Oz.

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        • BruceC says:

          I wouldn’t be surprised if ‘our’ ABC covered it, but as I don’t watch their biased BS, I have no idea, but from just the news I watch and the paper I read, nothing, nada, zip.

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          • BruceC says:

            I should’ve added, I can’t wait until this all comes out, which would be bigger than Watergate, and they will be ‘forced’ to cover it.

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  29. Ellis says:

    Q Why did you spend the first part of this briefing talking about Mike Flynn —

    MS. MCENANY: Justice matters.

    She is crushing it.

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  30. jumpinjarhead says:

    She gave a textbook presentation—perfect pitch and modulation of an incredibly well done overview of just how bad this entire travesty was.

    Liked by 1 person

  31. In the Land of Poz says:

    Lacks the bulldog killer instinct of Stephanie Grisham, but maybe trying to be nice in her first outing.

    Fantastic opening speech about Flynn. She should re-read it every press conference until the press engages with it.

    Press avoiding Flynn questions was hilarious.

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  32. pochas94 says:

    I hope Kayleigh McEnany hangs in there. It sometimes seems that women don’t have staying power in these “man killer” jobs. I hope she does.

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  33. jbrickley says:

    Kayleigh McEnany is very attractive and joyful. The media would be wise not to underestimate her. Kayleigh is wicked smart and exceptionally prepared. That binder she carries is updated every single day with hard facts to be used as responses to media questions. Her previous press conference they tried to blame Trump for the Coronavirus response. The tone in that reporters voice was very obnoxious. Kayleigh calmly flipped to the appropriate page with a smile and lit the pilot light on her flame thrower and then WHOOOSH she rattled off all the major news media’s headlines where they downplayed the virus, etc. She literally lit their own words on fire and flung them back. Then she closed her book, figured they would need a couple days to respond and dropped the mic as she walked off stage. The obnoxious slime-ball said she was prepared for that question.

    YES, YES SHE WAS PREPARED!

    SHE IS ALWAYS PREPARED!

    IT IS LITERALLY WHAT A GREAT PRESS SECRETARY DOES!

    I look forward to more eyebrows to be smoked in the future. She is more determined and better prepared than any Press Secretary I can remember.

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  34. MVW says:

    The more I look at the Presstitute show, the clearer it becomes that the Trump Team strategy is to highlight how utterly nasty. hateful, destructive, crooked, and agenda driven the press is. By being sweet and corrective, Kayleigh does not become the story, and by having the facts with quick answers, she can’t be labeled ‘another dummy blonde.’

    Also, the narrative attempt by the yellow mask NPR Trump hater, that Kayleigh herself is a closet Trump hater, that is just out there to get face exposure, was easily dashed in 10 seconds. Then Kayleigh with a prepared comeback through a bucket of water on the melting media witches.

    It is a PR nightmare for the press.

    Yet, Trump is having his copter pressers too so the media gets a good taste of burnt hide and truth from him.

    Yes, Trump team has worked out 5 more winning seasons of ‘Burnt Loser Libtards’.

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  35. Texian says:

    Dayum.. with those eyelashes I thought she was going to take flight at any moment..

    Liked by 1 person

  36. pochas94 says:

    The press will be under water before they realize what is happening.

    Liked by 1 person

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