One day after word that Michigan Rep. John Conyers wouldn’t seek re-election next year after over 50 years in the House, the 88 year old accused of sexual harassment by multiple women was reportedly hospitalized after returning to the Detroit area.
Conyers’ office confirmed this report, and political consultant Sam Riddle told reporters that the Congressman was hospitalized due to stress. Riddle spoke with Conyers’ wife, Monica Conyers, Thursday morning:
“I just spoke with Monica Conyers on the phone and we want you to know that the congressman is resting comfortably in an area hospital. He’s doing OK, as well as he can be expected for a gentleman that’s approaching 90 years of age,” Riddle said. “The congressman’s health is not what it should be and lot of that is directly attributable to this media assault.”
One of Conyers’ acusers, Marion Brown, spoke early Thursday – describing the Senator’s conduct while she worked for him:
“Some of the things that he did, it was sexual harassment,” she said. “Violating my body, propositioning me, inviting me to hotels with the guise of discussing business, and then propositioning for sex. He just violated my body. He has touched me in different ways, and it was very uncomfortable and very unprofessional.”
Brown recounted a 2005 incident in a Chicago hotel room, in which she claims Conyers “invited me into the hotel and he has undressed, you know, down to his underwear. And again, it was the proposition of sexually satisfying him.”
“He pointed to areas, genital areas of his body, and asked me to touch it,” said Brown
Conyers settled a sexual harassment claim with Brown back in 2015.
Buzzfeed reported last week that Conyers had used taxpayer money to pay settlements to several former staffers who accused him of sexual harassment.
Deanna Maher, 77, who ran a Michigan office for Conyers from 1997 to 2005, came forward and told The Associated Press Tuesday that the first incident occurred in 1997 during a three-day Congressional Black Caucus event in Washington, which she said she “felt honored” to attend.
Maher said while she was in the bedroom of a hotel suite, Conyers walked in, called room service and ordered sandwiches.
“I had my nightclothes on,” said Maher, who now lives in the Holland area in western Michigan. “I was just scared to death. I was married at the time. He sat in the bedroom taking his clothes off. I didn’t say anything and he didn’t say anything.”
Pelosi Throws Conyers Under The Bus
Weeks after praising Conyers as an “icon” who fought for civil rights and women’s rights, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi says Conyers should step down over “serious,” “disappointing” and “very credible” allegations.
That’s nice Nancy, but NBC News reports that Conyers’ attorney has defiantly rejected Pelosi’s calls for his client to resign and insisted no such decision would be coming any time soon.
“It is not up to Nancy Pelosi, Nancy Pelosi did not elect Mr. Conyers,” the attorney, Arnold Reed, said at a press conference Thursday in Detroit. “And she sure as hell won’t be the one to tell the congressman to leave.”
Meanwhile, the highest-ranking African-American Democrat in Congress, Rep. Jim Clyburn of South Carolina, and House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, of Maryland, both said later Thursday that they felt Conyers should step down. –NBC
Today, the vast majority of our payments by volume and value are processed by regulated financial institutions. In the U.S. payment system, digital currencies are a niche product that sometimes garners large headlines.
While these digital currencies may not pose major concerns at their current levels of use, more serious financial stability issues may result if they achieve wide-scale usage.
Perhaps most ironic is Quarles’ description of the ‘drawbacks’ of cryptocurrencies…
But from the standpoint of analysis, the “currency” or asset at the center of some of these systems is not backed by other secure assets, has no intrinsic value, is not the liability of a regulated banking institution, and in leading cases, is not the liability of any institution at all. Indeed, how to treat and define this new asset is complicated.
So because it’s not backed by ‘other secure assets’ – analysing its value is complicated… like the dollar.
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It’s a bloodbath in cryptocurrency markets this morning…
Having bounced overnight to over $10,600, Bitcoin prices are tumbling once again as we approach the US equity market open…
Ethereum is down over 20%…
While there is no immediate catalyst, CoinDesk notes that ECB Vice President Vitor Constancio – ever eager to talk citizens away from decentralized ‘anything’ – warned about the risks of investing in bitcoin at current valuations.
Speaking to CNBC, Vitor Constancio said developments in bitcoin’s price make it “a speculative asset by definition,” continuing: “Investors are taking that risk of buying at such high prices.”
Even so, Constancio told CNBC that the ECB is not in a position to regulate the cryptocurrency, saying, “We don’t have responsibility or even instruments that point to particular prices of particular assets, that is certainly not the role of central banks.”
His comments echo those of ECB president Mario Draghi, who in September indicated that the central bank does not have the authority to regulate cryptocurrencies.
“It would actually not be in our powers to prohibit and regulate” bitcoin and other digital currencies, he said at the time.
However, on the more optimistic side, CoinTelegraph reports that Ronnie Moas has upped his End 2017 target for Bitcoin to $20,000.
Moas looks at Bitcoin as a whole, incorporating all the chain splits in his split-adjusted price is and considering the price of the forked Bitcoin chains alongside the original was $12,740 when Moas made his new prediction, $14,000 looked undervalued again.
$20,000 is a month away
Moas now puts the line in the sand at $20,000 for the split-adjusted price when the new year hits. Looking at how things have gone so far for Moas, a month is a long time, and perhaps $20,000 will be broken before that time.
Many pickers, investors and money movers have thrown their hats into the ring trying to hit the sweet spot of this volatile asset when it comes to prediction.
Tom Lee, rather conservatively, set a Bitcoin growth of 40 percent to happen by the middle of 2018. His prediction put him at $11,500. That prediction was made a week ago, and in that time Bitcoin topped at around $11,300.
Moas, as one of the most well-regarded stock pickers, is clearly in the Bitcoin game for its investment potential rather than the technology side which has seen different factions at war with each other. Some people are vehemently Bitcoin Cash supporters, and others true fans of the original chain.
Moas, however, with his investor’s hat on, sees that by buying Bitcoin he not only received free Bitcoin Cash, but also free Bitcoin Gold, and thus counts them together in his portfolio, urging others to d the same as a diversification strategy.
Bitcoin Diamond and the real gold
“I am raising my 2018 fork- and split-adjusted price target on Bitcoin from $14,000 to $20,000,” Moas explained. “The current price is $10,720 and the split-adjusted price is now $12,740 when factoring in Bitcoin Cash, Bitcoin Gold and Bitcoin Diamond.”
“Bitcoin is now up split-adjusted by 394 percent since my July 3 recommendation,” Moas went on.
“There is no way to justify Gold $7 tln at 40X Bitcoin ($180 bln). An argument can be made that Bitcoin will be equal to Gold within 10-15 years. I do not know how much Gold there is in the ground … I do not know how much Bitcoin there is.”
Right after Matt Lauer was fired over claims of sexual harassment by multiple women, Fox’s Geraldo Rivera took to Twitter, using way over 140 characters to defend the now-unemployed NBC host who made $25 million per year as the network news division’s crown jewel.
Lauer is accused of a variety of misconduct, including showing a woman his dick and then yelling at her for not engaging in a sexual act, quizzing female producers on sexual partners, and pinching Katie Couric’s ass.
In front of the camera, for more than two decades, Lauer had positioned himself as America’s squeaky-clean dad. But behind the scenes, Lauer was a different person.
Despite being married, Lauer was fixated on women, especially their bodies and looks, according to more than 10 accounts from current and former employees. He was known for making lewd comments verbally or over text messages. He once made a suggestive reference to a colleague’s performance in bed and compared it to how she was able to complete her job, according to witnesses to the exchange. For Lauer, work and sex were intertwined.
Perhaps unaware of the extent of Lauer’s alleged degeneracy, Fox’s Geraldo Rivera hopped onto Twitter and broke a chair over his reputation – letting everyone know that Matt Lauer is a good guy, news is a ‘flirty’ business, the recent allegations against high profile men are an ‘epidemic,’ and people may be misinterpreting a man’s ‘courtship’ behavior with sexual predation.
Sad about @MLauer great guy, highly skilled & empathetic w guests & a real gentleman to my family & me. News is a flirty business & it seems like current epidemic of #SexHarassmentAllegations may be criminalizing courtship & conflating it w predation. What about #GarrisonKeillor?
Digging the hole deeper, Geraldo then said that “sexual harassment” shouldn’t apply where a boss-suboordinate relationship doesn’t exist. Because pinching your waitress’s ass is definitely not sexual harassment.
A jerk's a jerk in dating. #SexHarassment should be confined to situations where superior imposes himself on subordinate who feels unable to complain because of power of perp or feared consequences to victim's employment. Shouldn't be used to get even w bad bosses or hated ex's
Rivera then suggests that a statute of limitations should apply to allegations of sexual harassment, along with proof in the form of “witnesses, electronic or written communications.”
#SexHarassment allegations should require: 1-made in a timely fashion-say w/n 5 yrs. 2-some contemporaneous corroboration, like witnesses, electronic or written communications. W $ settlements in multi-millions slight chance exists some victims are motivated by more than justice
Yes, there are definitely gold diggers out there – though I don’t think any of the recent cases were one-offs. Multiple accusers over several years is the general theme – though perhaps accusations levied weeks before an election should be treated with heightened scrutiny.
Geraldo then says, again, that news is a (formerly) “flirty” business, which is why we see so many married coworkers in the industry.
This issue is so red hot right now there is no room for any thought or opinion but hang em high. If News wasn’t (formerly) a flirty biz then how do we explain so many newsroom courtships that have led to happy marriages?
Reaction to my tweets today on #sexharassment makes clear I didn't sufficiently explain that this is a horrendous problem long hidden-Harassers are deviants who deserve what is coming to them-Often victims are too frightened to come forward in a timely fashion-I humbly apologize
Since @GeraldoRivera has taken it upon himself to cast doubt on the recent wave of sexual harassment allegations, here's a clip of Bette Midler in 2001 talking about being assaulted by him. pic.twitter.com/ISXld0ZXCJ
A lawyer for former DNC IT staffer Imran Awan is scrambling to block evidence found on a hidden laptop which may contain proof of a massive spy ring operating at the highest levels of Congress, in what may be the largest breach of National Security in U.S. history.
Awan, a Pakistani national, worked for dozens of Democratic members of Congress along with his wife, two brothers and a friend. Following the publication of DNC emails by WikiLeaks in the lead-up to the 2016 election, Congressional investigators discovered that the Awans had a secret serverbeing housed by the House Democratic Caucus backed up to an offsite Dropbox account.
“For members to say their data was not compromised is simply inaccurate. They had access to all the data including all emails. Imran Awan is the walking example of an insider threat, a criminal actor who had access to everything,” –Daily Caller
According to a briefing, “all five of the shared employees system administrators collectively logged onto the [House Democratic] Caucus system 5,735 times, or an average of 27 times per day,” despite only one of them being authorized to do so.
The Awans were banned from the House IT network on February 2, 2017 after being named in a criminal investigation – however they continued to work in the building for Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz until Imran Awan’s arrest at Dulles Airport trying to flee the country in late July. Awan and his wife, Hina Alvi, were charged with conspiracy and bank fraud in relation to a real estate transaction.
The laptop in question was tucked away in a tiny room formerly used as a phone booth on the second floor of the Rayburn House Office Building late one night in March, only to be found by Capitol Police just after midnight on April 6, 2017 along with notebooks marked ‘attorney client privilege,’ letters addressed to the US Attorney of DC regarding Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and several forms of identification. Based on the contents of the backpack, some believe Awan wanted the laptop to be found.
Luke Rosiak of the Daily Caller, who has been tracking the Awan case, reports that Awan’s attorney Chris Gowen – a former aide to Hillary Clinton, is seeking to block the laptop evidence by arguing the ‘attorney client privilege‘ note attached to the notebook found with the laptop covers the contents of the hard drive, according to court papers filed Tuesday.
Via the Daily Caller:
“Chris Gowen, Awan’s attorney, said at the last hearing: “We do expect there being an attorney-client privilege issue in this case… What occurred is a backpack from my client was found, he was trying to get a better signal, there was a note that said attorney client privilege and a hard drive. We feel very strongly about this.”
#1 a Pakistani ID card with the name Mohommed Ashraf Awan
#2 a copy – not original – of a driver’s license with name Imran Awan
#3 a copy (front and back) of his congressional ID
#4 an Apple laptop with the homescreen initials ‘RepDWS’
#5 composition notebooks with notes handwritten saying ‘attorney client privilege’ and possibly discussing case details below
#6 loose letters addressed to US Attorney of DC discussing the apparent owner of the bag being investigated.
As Rosiak points out, it is unclear how the handwritten note saying “attorney client privilege” could be construed to cover a hard drive, rather than the pages of [the] notebook it was contained on.
Andrew McCarthy, a former chief assistant U.S. attorney who has followed the case, said “The A/C (attorney-client) privilege only applies to communications between the client and lawyer that are for the purpose of seeking legal advice and that are intended by both parties to be kept confidential… Moreover, asserting that something is A/C protected does not make it so. You still have to show that the material in question constitutes communications strictly between the lawyer and client that were for the purpose of seeking legal advice.
“If I give my lawyer my bank records and ask him if they show evidence of a crime, the bank records do not become A/C-privileged — only his advice to me would be A/C-privileged. And if I stuck a sign on my bank records that said ‘A/C-privileged documents,’ that would not make them A/C-privileged documents,” he told The Daily Caller News Foundation Wednesday.” –Daily Caller
In May of 2016, Debbie Wasserman Schulz – an employer and personal friend of Awan – spent several minutes browbeating the Chief of DC Capitol Police at a budget meeting, claiming the laptop should be given back since it was hers and threatening ‘consequences’ if it wasn’t returned.
The Awan brothers were managing computers for members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence – a group with top secret clearance which is looking into Russian election interference right now.
Also of note
The brothers were “shared employees,” hired by multiple Democrats for IT work whenever it was needed – so they floated all over the place doing all sorts of work on House members computers. Democrats Juaquin Castro, Cedric Richmond, Andre Carson, Jackie Speier, Tammy Duckworth, and Louis Frankel all employed the Awans.
Judge Andrew Napolitano appeared on Fox Business Network in late July where he dropped a bombshell: not only did the Awans had access to the emails of every member of Congress, Imran Awan reportedly sold information to still unknown parties, which the FBI is currently investigating.
Napolitano: He was arrested for some financial crime – that’s the tip of the iceberg. The real allegation against him is that he had access to the emails of every member of congress and he sold what he found in there. What did he sell, and to whom did he sell it? That’s what the FBI wants to know. This may be a very, very serious national security situation.
Varney: Wait a second, he was the IT worker along with his two Pakistani brothers, for DWS, and other Democrats in the House – and the theory is that he got access to all of their secrets or whatever, and sold some?
Napolitano: Yes, and this was at the time that Congresswoman Schultz was also the chair of the Democratic National Committee. So at this point I don’t believe they know what he sold, and to whom he sold it – but they do know what he had access to, which is virtually everything in the House of representatives, which would include classified material in the House intelligence committee.
Lt. Colonel Tony Shaffer went even further – claiming that the Awan brothers were linked to the Muslim Brotherhood while working for Democrat Congressman Andre Carson, a report reinforced by Frontpage Magazine:
The office of Andre Carson, the second Muslim in Congress, had employed Imran Awan. As did the offices of Jackie Speier and Debbie Wasserman Schultz; to whom the letter had been addressed.
Carson is the second Muslim in Congress and the first Muslim on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and, more critically, is the ranking member on its Emerging Threats Subcommittee. He is also a member of the Department of Defense Intelligence and Overhead Architecture Subcommittee.
The Emerging Threats Subcommittee, of which Carson is a ranking member, is responsible for much of counterterrorism oversight. It is the worst possible place for a man with Carson’s credentials.
In September, it was reported that Hina Alvi – Imran Awan’s wife, had struck a deal with federal prosecutors to return to the U.S. from Pakistan to face conspiracy and bank fraud charges.
Alvi and her children fled to the safety of Pakistan in early 2017, so her voluntary return – which was structured with an arrest to be made “not in front of her children” is significant. Upon her return to the United States, Hina was arraigned on four felony counts of bank fraud and handed over her U.S. passport to prosecutors.
Congressman Trent Franks (R-AZ) says that Alvi’s return may be part of a broader immunity deal with prosecutors in return for a “significant” and “pretty disturbing” story about Debbie Wasserman Schultz:
“I don’t want to talk out of school here but I think you’re going to see some revelations that are going to be pretty profound. The fact that this wife is coming back from Pakistan and is willing to face charges, as it were, I think there is a good chance she is going to reach some type of immunity to tell a larger story here that is going to be pretty disturbing to the American people.”
“I would just predict that this is going to be a very significant story and people should fasten their seat belts on this one.”
Despite the volumes of evidence stacking up against the former DNC IT staffers, Debbie Wasserman Schultz claims the entire investigation of the Awans is nothing more than Islamophobia.
After Matt Lauer was fired today for “inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace,” pinching Katie Couric’s ass and whatnot, President Trump took to Twitter to sling some tomahawks at the MSM “opposition party” today.
In addition to slamming Lauer, Trump suggested people “Check out Andy Lack’s past!”
Wow, Matt Lauer was just fired from NBC for “inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace.” But when will the top executives at NBC & Comcast be fired for putting out so much Fake News. Check out Andy Lack’s past!
Lack is the chairman of NBC and MSNBC. Prior to that he was chairman of Bloomberg Media and CEO of Sony. Are there some skeletons in his closet?
Trump then dropped another bomb on Morning Joe
One day after MSNBC Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough announced “I took down my Trump tweets yesterday after deciding my responses should be about policy and not personality,” the President dredged up the “unsolved mystery” of Joe Scarborough’s dead intern, Lori Klausutis:
So now that Matt Lauer is gone when will the Fake News practitioners at NBC be terminating the contract of Phil Griffin? And will they terminate low ratings Joe Scarborough based on the “unsolved mystery” that took place in Florida years ago? Investigate!
The story of Lori Klausutis has dogged Scarborough on the Internet since she was found dead in his Florida district office on July 19, 2001. Although Scarborough was out of town — and the medical examiner later ruled she had died after falling and hitting her head on a desk — conspiracy theorists have long speculated, with no reliable evidence, that Scarborough could have been somehow involved in Klausutis’ death. And now the president appears to be joining in.
What’s strange, aside from the way Klausutis died, is that while the autopsy concluded that Klausutis had a cardiac arrhythmia which caused her to fall and hit her head on a desk, Dr. Michael Berkland, who performed the autopsy, was busted for a felony charge of improper storage of hazardous waste after human remains were foundin a storage unit rented by Berkland.
Scarborough was never a suspect in the investigation, though he did laugh about it and say “Yeah well, what are you gonna do?” in 2003 on the Don Imus show:
In response to Trump’s tweet, Scarborough replied “Looks like I picked a good day to stop responding to Trump’s bizarre tweets. He is not well.”
Looks like I picked a good day to stop responding to Trump's bizarre tweets. He is not well. https://t.co/XJhW5ZHNfs
Make no mistake, Trump knows there’s absolutely “zero evidence to suggest that Joe Scarborough had anything to do with the death of Lori Klaustis. But the story of Klausutis’s death has nevertheless haunted Scarborough over the years,” as Gawker wrote.
That’s not the point… Keep in mind that the shitposter in chief, no matter what, is an expert propagandist, triggering the left at the drop of a tweet. And with Scarborough’s announcement yesterday that he’s not going to comment on Trump anymore, I think it’s a near certainty that Trump decided to test ol’ Joe’s resolve. The President is just fucking with his enemy, Joe Scarborough.
And look at the headlines… is any real news being reported today? Of course not – the MSM and new media (Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, etc.) are in full meltdown over Trump’s crazy tweet.
CNN anchor Jake Tapper chimped out over Trump’s dig at Scarborough, calling the attacks “indecent” and “attempting to exploit the tragic death of a young woman.”
This is the president attempting to exploit the tragic death of a young woman — one who had heart problems and hit her head when she fell — to score a cheap spurious political point. Indecent. Inhumane. https://t.co/UAvbhYPCnQ
The second longest bull market in history in stocks, bonds and credit has left a key measure of average valuation at its highest level since 1900, which is going to translate to pain for investors, says Goldman Sachs Group Inc.
“It has seldom been the case that equities, bonds and credit have been similarly expensive at the same time, only in the Roaring ’20s and the Golden ’50s,” said a groupd of Goldman Sachs International strategists including Christian Mueller-Glissman in a note this week. “All good things must come to an end,” they said.
Goldman thinks that as central banks reign in QE and raise rates, premiums on long-dated bonds will pushed higher, and returns are “likely to be lower across assets” over the medium term. A second scenario, albeit less likely, would involve “fast pain.”
Stock and bond valuations would both get hit, with the mix depending on whether the trigger involved a negative growth shock, or a growth shock alongside an inflation pick-up. –Bloomberg
“Elevated valuations increase the risk of draw-downs for the simple reason that there is less buffer to absorb shocks,” reads the note. “The average valuation percentile across equity, bonds and credit in the U.S. is 90 percent, an all-time high.”
Other findings in the report include (via Bloomberg):
The exceptionally low volatility found in the stock market — with the VIX index near the record low it reached in September — could continue. History has featured periods when low volatility lasted more than three years. The current one began in mid-2016.
Valuations have a “mixed track record” for predicting returns, explaining less than half the variation since 1900.
Major draw-downs in 60/40 portfolios over the past century amounted to 26 percent in real terms on average, lasting 19 months. It took two years to get back to previous peaks, on average.
Bonds are probably less good hedges for equities nowadays — a point also made by Pacific Investment Management Co.
Central banks “might not be able or willing to buffer growth or inflation shocks,” especially if they judge that imbalances and excesses are building. They also face fewer options to ease monetary policy given low rates and big balance sheets.
Recall that the first two stops Donald Trump made as President in mid-February were Saudi Arabia and Israel, where he met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu and Saudi Arabia’s King Salman to discuss a coalition to fight terrorism – which, aside from the US and Israel, includes Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the UAE, Bahrain, Oman and Jordan – assembled to fight the Islamic State and curtail Iran’s regional ambitions.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, 31, who is soon to take the reigns of the Saudi empire, has announced plans to “wipe terrorists from the face of the earth,” by forming a coalition of 40 Muslim countries to defeat ISIS.
Speaking at a summit of defence ministers from across 41 majority-Muslim countries he spoke of a need for a “pan-Islamic united front” against terrorism.
He said: “In past years, terrorism has been functioning in all of our countries… with no coordination among national authorities.
“That ends today, with this alliance.”
To that end, the first official meeting of the new Muslim alliance was held on Sunday, just two days after an attack at a Mosque in Egypt killed over 300 people, including 30 children in what has been called the country’s worst terrorism incident.
And who’s absent from this coalition?
Iran, Syria and Iraq have predictably not joined Saudi Arabia’s push against terrorism. Iran and Syria in particular – likely view the entire operation as a charade.
So – Saudi Arabia, realizing their Syrian ambitions are dead without the support of Madame President, is now following a roadmap to diversify out of oil and rebrand itself as a moderate nation to compete in other industries on the global stage. And with 31 year old Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman taking the reigns, perhaps we can hope for an end to hostilities in Yemen as well.
An Obama appointed government watchdog central to the Hillary Clinton email investigation says that he, his family and his office faced an ‘intense backlash‘ from Clinton allies, who threatned him over findings that Clinton mishandled classified information.
Former Inspector General Charles McCullough III told Fox News Chief Intel correspondent Catherine Herridge that he faced intense pressure from senior officials on the left – with one Clinton campaign official threatening that he and another government investigator would be immediately fired under a Hillary Clinton presidency:
“It was told in no uncertain terms, by a source directly from the campaign, that we would be the first two to be fired — with [Clinton’s] administration. That that was definitely going to happen.” –Charles McCullough III
As a refresher, over 2,100 classified emails were sent over Clinton’s personal server, which was used exclusively for government business. Despite this, former FBI Director James Comey – who had drafted Clinton’s exoneration letter months before reviewing evidence in the case – recommended that the DOJ not prosecute the case.
McCullough was recommended to Obama by then-Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, who told McCullough that Clinton’s conduct was “extremely reckless,” adding “the campaign … will have heartburn about that.”
Via Fox News:
He [McCullough] said Clapper’s Clinton email comments came during an in-person meeting about a year before the presidential election – in late December 2015 or early 2016. “[Clapper] was as off-put as the rest of us were.”
After the Clapper meeting, McCullough said his team was marginalized. “I was told by senior officials to keep [Clapper] out of it,” he said, while acknowledging he tried to keep his boss in the loop.
In January 2016, McCullough told Republicans on the Senate Intelligence and foreign affairs committes that emails above the “Top Secret” classification had been passed through the former secretary of state’s private, unsecure server – such as an email about Benghazi she sent to daughter Chelsea Clinton (using psuedonym Diane Reynolds) on the night of September 11th, 2012 from ‘@clintonemail.com’ which not only divulged highly classified military intel over a non-government server vulnerable to foreign surveillence – it also revealed that the Obama administration knew that an “Al Queda-like group” was responsible for the attack.
One wonders what Chelsea’s security clearance was at the time?
As one of a handful of people who reviewed the 22 Top Secret Clinton emails deemed too classified to ever see the light of day, McCullough says “There was a very good reason to withhold those emails … there would have been harm to national security,” adding “sources and methods, lives and operations” could be put at risk. According to Fox, some of those email exchanges were considered Special Access Privelage (SAP), or “above top secret.”
What’s interesting about that, is an anonymous 4chan poster “FBI Anon,” whose breadcrumbs of information have been largely correct, posted on July 2, 2016 that Clinton had “SAP level programs on her server, which if made public, would literally cause an uprising and possibly foreign declarations of war.”
Then, on October 16, 2016 – three weeks before former FBI Director Comey cleared Clintin, “FBI Anon” elaborated on SAP programs and made an unverified claim about Clinton:
A Special Access Program is an intelligence program classified above top-secret. They are held on closed servers at secret locations. The only way to get one is if you are specifically read on to a program, have a need to know, then you must physically go to a location and pass through several layers of security to even look at the program. A good example in non-classified terms would be the locations and operations of our intelligence operatives around the glove, or our missile silo locations. SAP is granted on a need to know basis, and Hillary did not have any need to know any of the programs on her server. All I can tell you about the SAPs is that Hillary had them, and she did not have proper authority to have any of them. They were leaked to her by someone, and she did sell them to overseas donors. Possessing them alone makes her guilty of treason.” –FBI Anon
In response to McCullough’s findings, Democrats turned their backs on the Obama-appointed Inspector General for doing his job.
“All of a sudden I became a shill of the right,” McCullough said, adding “And I was told by members of Congress, ‘Be careful. You’re losing your credibility. You need to be careful. There are people out to get you.’”
McCullough told Fox of “an effort… certainly on the part of the campaign to mislead people into thinking that there was nothing to see here.”
As the Clinton campaign geared up for the 2016 election, WikiLeaks documents reveal that Hillary’s inner circle was already starting to spin the investigation – writing in an August 2015 email that “Clinton only used her account for unclassified email. When information is reviewed for public release, it is common for information previously unclassified to be upgraded to classified.”
McCullough was critical of this response, telling Fox “There was an effort … certainly on the part of the campaign to mislead people into thinking that there was nothing to see here.”
In response to the Inspector General’s pushback, seven senior Democrats sent a letter to McCullough and his counterpart at the State Department, raising concerns over the impartiality of the Clinton email investigation. McCullough, however, was not arriving at any conclusions himself – he was simply passing along the findings of individual government agencies on appropriate classifications assigned to the emails.
McCullough described one confrontation with Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s office just six weeks before the election, amid pressure to respond to the letter – which Feinstein had co-signed.
“I thought that any response to that letter would just hyper-politicize the situation,” McCullough said. “I recall even offering to resign, to the staff director. I said, ‘Tell [Feinstein] I’ll resign tonight. I’d be happy to go. I’m not going to respond to that letter. It’s just that simple.”
As Election Day approached, McCullough said the threats went further, singling out him and another senior government investigator on the email case.
Inquiries sent by Fox to both Feinstein and Clapper were not returned at the time of publication.
One of the strongest voices advocating for a Trump impeachment, Al Green (D-TX), reportedly had sex with a drug-addicted employee in 2008, then sued her when she threatened to go public with claims of a hostile work environment and sexual harassment – claiming he “will not be extorted or blackmailed.”
Lucinda Daniels, his onetime district director, claimed she suffered a hostile work environment, claimed sexual harassment and demanded $1.8 million. Green sued her, saying she was using their sexual relationship to shake him down at the behest of other unnamed conspirators.
“Daniels has threatened to go public with her complaints if the Congressman does not per [sic] her money. Green has done nothing wrong and refuses to pay ‘hush money’ just for political expediency. Green will not be extorted or blackmailed by Daniels. He will not be the victim of a shakedown by Daniels and her agents. Green demands vindication of his actions and now sues Daniels for declaratory judgment relief relating to her workplace allegations and her quest for money,” documents Green filed in federal court in 2008 say.
Daniels also reportedly left a voicemail on Green’s phone on accident while trying to reach her cocaine dealer, which Green submitted as sealed evidence in the lawsuit.
Daniels can be heard snorting cocaine in the recording, asking if it was ‘cut’ with some other substance before someone else reassures her it was “straight off the ki[lo].” She then asks for her ‘Tuesday Special’ price, after which her dealer sold her the drugs for $40.
Green claims that Daniels “act[ed] sluggish at work as through under the influence of drugs” and “slurr[ed] her speech as if under drug influence,” before adding that she fell “asleep on the phone in the middle of telephone conversations with staff and the Congressman” and had “a general appearance of incoherence at times due to apparent drug use.”
After Green confronted Daniels over the drug use, she began claiming “the Congressman retaliated against her in the workplace because of her gender and because she refused additional romantic requests.” Green has denied Daniels’ claims.
In a Monday statement, Green claimed that the issue was resolved:
In the present climate, we wish to jointly quiet any curious minds about our former and present relationship with one another. We are friends, and have long been friends. At an unfortunate time in our lives, when both of our feelings were hurt, we hastily made allegations and charges against one another that have been absolutely resolved.
This matter has been resolved without payment of any money or transfer of any consideration of any kind by either of us to the other. As friends, we have both agreed that we see no need to make further statements regarding this absolutely resolved matter.
In September, Green threatened to force a vote on the House floor to impeach President Trump following attacks on NFL players kneeling during the National Anthem, exclaiming “I rise tonight to make one point…a president need not be convicted of a criminal offenes to be impeached.”
And last month Green claimed that, “[Trump] has undermined the integrity of his office, has brought disrepute onto the presidency, has betrayed his trust as president to the manifest injury of the people of the United States of America and as a result is unfit to be president.”
“He warrants impeachment, trial and removal from office,” Green added.
I wonder if banging a drugged out staffer undermined the integrity of Green’s office?
Hours after the Washington Post ‘busted’ Project Veritas for trying to trick the paper into publishing a fake Roy Moore accusation, investigative journalist James O’Keefe of Project Veritas released a new undercover video featuring WaPo National Security reporter Dan Lamothe admitting that, shocker, WaPo reporters “definitely don’t like Trump,”and that the paper’s “institutional voice,” or “opinion from God“ publishes hit pieces against the President that are so beyond the pale that Lamothe can’t believe he works for the paper:
PV Journalist: “So they just like, rip on him?”
Dan Lamothe: “Those have become critical to the point where I’ll read some of them and I’m like whoa! Like I work for this place?
Lamothe – who seems like a nice guy that’s genuinely interested in reporting facts – goes on to say that while journalists cover Trump more fairly (“they also give him credit where there’s credit”), the ‘institutional voice’ of the paper is trying to “educate people but with a point of view.” “It’s, like, a very different mission” says the National Security reporter.
Democracy Dies In Bias
When asked about the Washington Post’s bias, Lamothe says that while the paper is “right on the story,” they’re “spending a lot of emphasis on this or that,” meaning that the Jeff Bezos owned outlet will spend a disproportionate amount of time spotlighting stories which might make President Trump look bad, or what he’s tweeted.
“it sucks so much oxygen out of the room. It’s just so much emphasis on what he said and what he tweeted,” Lamothe said, adding “I can’t tell you how many times we get an email at work: “Oh did you see what he (Trump) just tweeted? What are we gonna do about it?””
NYT and CNN are worse?
When asked if reporters at the Washington Post insert individual bias against Trump in their reporting, Lamothe replied “Oh totally, and… I think the Post tries to reign it in a lot. New York Times does it less so. Some of the New York Times reporters are way over the top. CNN is always over the top.”
Another Project Veritas undercover operative recorded Joey Marburger, Director of Product for the Washington Post, admitting that Trump is a primary driver of traffic to the publication.
“If Trump just disappeared tomorrow, our traffic would drop by forty percent. So, yeah, we think about that.” –Joey Marburger, WaPo
So what have we learned?
-Most WaPo reporters hate Trump but try to report honestly, according to Dan Lamothe, giving the President “credit where there’s credit”
-WaPo’s “institutional voice,” however, is very anti-Trump
-CNN and the New York Times are way worse, according to Lamothe