The guiding principle of American law enforcement is that it is easiest to enforce the law on law-abiding people, while enforcing the law on outlaws is something that looks terrifyingly close to hard work. That’s why gun control so ensorcels the bureaucratic mind. (Which is to say, the progressive mind: The essence of progressivism is replacing organic institutions with permanent bureaucracies.) If you are a federal law-enforcement agent with a comfy desk chair, you probably cannot imagine a more attractive anticrime program than gun control. Gun dealers have federal licenses, and they have to apply for them: You don’t have to go tracking them down — they come to you. They fill out paperwork. They generally operate from fixed addresses with regular business hours. Convenient! What you have is the power of political interposition, which is a mild form of terrorism. Want to operate a sporting-goods store? “F*** you, pay me.” And — mirabile dictu! — they pay. Sometimes, they even evince gratitude that you’ve done them the great favor of taking their money and allowing them, generous fellow that you are, to dispose of their own property as they see fit.
Source: FBI & Florida School Shooting — Fire the FBI Head | National Review
Rep. Louie Gohmert said Wednesday that the FBI agents who presented the information to obtain a FISA warrant on certain Trump campaign aides should be in jail.“The judge should be livid in the fact that these guys didn’t go to jail for contempt. And there are a couple kinds of contempt. You can have a contempt where a judge has a hearing, sort out the facts, but if a fraud is presented to the court and the courts manipulate, you don’t have to have a hearing,” Mr. Gohmert, Texas Republican, said on Fox News.“And these people should be in jail for what they did,” he added.According to a recently released Republican memo, the judge who granted the warrants under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act did not know the information presented originated from an unverified dossier backed by the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton. A new Democratic memo, which has not been publicly released, reportedly refutes some of this claim.
Source: Louie Gohmert: FBI agents who presented FISA warrant should be jailed – Washington Times
“These documents show the Obama State Department under John Kerry gathered and sent its own dossier of classified information on Russia to Senator Ben Cardin, a political ally in the U.S. Senate, to undermine President Trump,” said Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton in a statement.
Byron York of the Washington Examiner reports the Obama State Department is now being probed as to whether or not they had a hand in the dossier. York notes Steele was viewed inside the Obama State Department as a valuable source for intelligence on all things Russia. Obama State officials made a habit of disseminating reports the former British spy authored for private clients around the Department.
Source: WOW! Judicial Watch Reveals Obama Officials Distributed ‘CLASSIFIED RECORDS’ To ‘Undermine’ POTUS Trump
Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman indicted on money laundering and other charges, filed a lawsuit challenging the broad authority of special counsel Robert Mueller and alleging the Justice Department violated the law in appointing Mueller.The suit brought Wednesday in US District Court in Washington, where Manafort and another former Trump campaign aide are charged, challenges Mueller’s decision to charge Manafort with alleged crimes that they say have nothing to do with the 2016 campaign, but rather relate to lucrative lobbying work Manafort and his deputy did for a former Russia-friendly government in Ukraine. That work ended in 2014, the suit says. Manafort and his deputy Rick Gates deny the allegations in the charges.
Source: Manafort sues Mueller in Russia probe – CNNPolitics
Consider, for example, a married, self-employed New Jersey lawyer with three children and earnings of $615,000. Getting $100 in business income beyond that amount would force the lawyer to pay $105.45 in federal and state taxes, according to calculations by the conservative-leaning Tax Foundation. That is more than double the marginal tax rate that household faces today.If the New Jersey lawyer’s stay-at-home spouse wanted a job, the first $100 of the spouse’s wages would require $107.79 in taxes.
Source: The Taxman Cometh: Senate Bill’s Marginal Rates Could Top 100% for Some – WSJ
In his capacity as Deputy Attorney General, Mr. Rosenstein advises and assists Attorney General Jeff Sessions in formulating and implementing policies and programs and in providing overall supervision and direction to all components of the Justice Department. Because Attorney General Sessions recused himself, Mr. Rosenstein also has direct oversight of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Recent media reports have raised serious concerns about the political motives of staff assigned to the special counsel’s investigative team. One staff member, Peter Strzok – who also allegedly influenced former FBI Director Comey’s decision to characterize former Secretary Clinton’s use of a private email server as “extremely careless” instead of “grossly negligent” – has been fired from the special counsel’s team for sending anti-Trump texts. Another prosecutor on the team, Andrew Weissman, praised a former DOJ official for refusing to defend President Trump’s temporary travel moratorium.House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) issued the statement below in advance of this hearing and on recent reports about staff controversies in the special counsel’s investigation.
Source: House Judiciary Committee
The Supreme Court on Monday allowed the Trump administration to fully enforce a ban on travel to the United States by residents of six mostly Muslim countries. This is not a final ruling on the travel ban: Challenges to the policy are winding through the federal courts, and the justices themselves ultimately are expected to rule on its legality. But the action indicates that the high court might eventually approve the latest version of the ban, announced by President Donald Trump in September. Lower courts have continued to find problems with the policy. White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said the White House is “not surprised by today’s Supreme Court decision permitting immediate enforcement of the President’s proclamation limiting travel from countries presenting heightened risks of terrorism.”
Source: Supreme Court allows full enforcement of Trump travel ban
Two more victims have come forward with allegations of sexual abuse. The anonymous accusers lay out the so familiar predatory behavior we have seen from men that have power over women.
Women must stand up and fight back against Democratic law makers.
It has been reported that the agents checked Mr. Manafort and wife Kathleen for guns as they broke into the Alexandria condo pre-dawn by picking the lock.A source familiar with the case told The Washington Times the search was even more intrusive: An agent patted down Mrs. Manafort before she was allowed to get out of bed.“Agents felt up Mrs. Manafort lying in bed to see if she had guns,” the source said of the intimidation.In all, 12 FBI agents entered the home, guns drawn, and stayed for hours.
Source: FBI agents manhandled Manafort and his wife during pre-dawn raid in intimidation effort – Washington Times
As Hillary Clinton was beginning her job as President Obama’s chief diplomat, federal agents observed as multiple arms of Vladimir Putin’s machine unleashed an influence campaign designed to win access to the new secretary of State, her husband Bill Clinton and members of their inner circle, according to interviews and once-sealed FBI records.Some of the activities FBI agents gathered evidence about in 2009 and 2010 were covert and illegal.
A female Russian spy posing as an American accountant, for instance, used a false identity to burrow her way into the employ of a major Democratic donor in hopes of gaining intelligence on Hillary Clinton’s department, records show. The spy was arrested and deported as she moved closer to getting inside the secretary’s department, agents said.
Other activities were perfectly legal and sitting in plain view, such as when a subsidiary of Russia’s state-controlled nuclear energy company hired a Washington firm to lobby the Obama administration. At the time it was hired, the firm was providing hundreds of thousands of dollars a year in pro bono support to Bill Clinton’s global charitable initiative, and it legally helped the Russian company secure federal decisions that led to billions in new U.S. commercial nuclear business, records show.
Agents were surprised by the timing and size of a $500,000 check that a Kremlin-linked bank provided Bill Clinton with for a single speech in the summer of 2010. The payday came just weeks after Hillary Clinton helped arrange for American executives to travel to Moscow to support Putin’s efforts to build his own country’s version of Silicon Valley, agents said.
Source: FBI watched, then acted as Russian spy moved closer to Hillary Clinton | TheHill