Durham’s Lame Duck Period: Democratic Leaders Suggest A Dim Future For Biden-Related Investigations

Below is my column in the Hill newspaper on the growing pressure on prosecutors during the lame duck period to move forward in their investigations into the Russian investigation or Hunter Biden. House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff again strongly suggested that such investigations should end with the entry of a Biden Justice Department.  Schiff told MSNBC that investigations of a president-elect constitute “tearing down our democracy” and a way to “delegitimize” a president. This is precisely what I raised in my column on the expected effort by some to scuttle the Biden related investigations. The statement was only the latest indication that Democrats are likely to push to end any investigations touching on the Bidens, including statements from individuals known to be under consideration for Attorney General. In doing so, they will likely have the support of many members of the media who would be embarrassed by any findings of wrongdoing after insisting that there was nothing to cover and refusing to ask Biden specific questions on the campaign trail on these allegations.

Here is the column:

With the election’s conclusion, Washington has entered that precarious period known as the “lame duck.” Unlike real wounded waterfowl, lame-duck presidents tend to be more active in the waning days of their terms. From John Adams’ “midnight judge appointments” to Barack Obama’s last-minute executive orders, presidents often move to cement policies or personnel before the chiming of the constitutional clock. This year, however, it may be prosecutors who feel the greatest fight-or-flight pressure.

Months before the election, many Democrats and analysts demanded that the Justice Department refrain from bringing additional indictments or releasing new information connected to either the Russia investigation or the Hunter Biden scandal. Andrew Weissmann, one of special counsel Robert Mueller’s top prosecutors, called on prosecutors not to assist the Justice Department before the election, to prevent damaging disclosures for then-Democratic candidate Joe Biden. Despite pressure from President Trump, the Justice Department under Attorney General Bill Barr did appear to hold the line before the election under a long-standing policy.

Months before the election, many Democrats and analysts demanded that the Justice Department refrain from bringing additional indictments or releasing new information connected to either the Russia investigation or the Hunter Biden scandal. Andrew Weissmann, one of special counsel Robert Mueller’s top prosecutors, called on prosecutors not to assist the Justice Department before the election, to prevent damaging disclosures for then-Democratic candidate Joe Biden. Despite pressure from President Trump, the Justice Department under Attorney General Bill Barr did appear to hold the line before the election under a long-standing policy.

Prosecutors in the Russia and Hunter Biden investigations may now face the opposite pressure — to move more quickly in the Trump administration’s final two months. The obvious concern is that a Biden administration might scuttle or shut down pending investigations. Indeed, Democrats have denounced the investigation into the discredited Russia collusion case as a political “hit job” and could justify terminating it as a promised “reform.”

In October, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) joined Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) in asking the FBI to resist pressure to investigate Hunter Biden. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) denounced the ongoing Russia investigation by U.S. Attorney John Durham as “tainted” and “political.” On the campaign trail, Biden dismissed the “investigation of the investigators.”

In a Senate hearing this week on the Russia investigation, Democratic senators — including Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., considered a short-lister to be the next attorney general — denounced the continued investigations before the arrival of the incoming Biden Justice Department.

If prosecutors are concerned about such an intervention, they may have to act in the next two months.

Russia investigation

Before going dark in October, U.S. Attorney John Durham’s investigation made headlines with the criminal plea of former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith, who lied to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court in order to continue surveillance of a Trump campaign adviser. There have been rumors for months that Durham found material not disclosed by special counsel Mueller or the Justice Department’s inspector general in their prior investigations. He also is known to have been working with a grand jury as part of his investigation.

There is ample reason why a Biden administration would want to see Durham’s investigation closed. Earlier this year, disclosures contradicted Biden’s denials that he knew of or was involved in the investigation of figures like Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn; the disclosures indicated Biden may have sought to “unmask” Flynn in surveillance reports. There also are accounts from the Oval Office that Biden was briefed on the Flynn investigation, including the fact that the FBI thought his discussions with Russian diplomats were “legit.” Earlier, FBI investigators sought to end the Flynn investigation for lack of evidence of any crime; according to one report, Biden raised the possibility of prosecuting Flynn under the Logan Act, a federal law widely viewed as unconstitutional.

The Durham investigation may not result in new indictments but could result in the release of new evidence. Indeed, the greatest risk of intervention by the Biden administration would be the withholding of any report or the use of classification rules to bar parts of its release. That report could shed light on how the Russia investigation began and was sustained, despite early intelligence refuting the collusion allegations. This includes recently released information that President Obama was briefed on intelligence suggesting that Hillary Clinton was working to falsely paint Trump as colluding with Russians. Such findings could be highly embarrassing not only to Obama administration officials but a number of congressional Democrats — including Rep. Schiff, who assured the public that, after contrary findings by the special counsel and the inspector general, his House committee had clear evidence of collusion. Schiff never produced that evidence.

Hunter Biden investigation

It may be easier for the Biden Justice Department to shut down an investigation of Hunter Biden. Although most of the media imposed a blackout on coverage, the alleged Hunter Biden laptop contains disturbing evidence of a global influence-peddling scheme by Hunter and his uncle, James Biden. The laptop’s emails, which the Biden family has not denied are authentic, directly contradict statements by Joe Biden. Moreover, Hunter Bidens ex-business associate, Tony Bobulinski, gave the FBI a sworn statement that not only was this a knowing influence-peddling scheme but that Joe Biden knew of and was involved in it.

The FBI reportedly subpoenaed the laptop as part of a money-laundering investigation that included Hunter Biden in 2019. If true, that investigation could directly implicate the president-elect.

The danger for prosecutors is greater because the Biden administration can rely on a supportive media. The only people more embarrassed by allegations of criminal conduct in the Hunter Biden investigation would be media members who have repeatedly assured the public that there is nothing to investigate.

If these investigations move forward with possible criminal charges related to Biden or his family, there may even be a question of whether the current or next attorney general should establish a special counsel.

Consider again the Hunter Biden investigation: Hunter previously contradicted his father, who denied discussing his son’s foreign business deals. Now Hunter’s business partner has recounted meeting with Joe Biden and raising concerns with James Biden about the legal implications of those deals. When Trump came into office, many Democrats demanded a special counsel appointment on much less evidence, even before the firing of FBI Director James Comey. It turned out there was no proof of collusion. There is comparatively more evidence of Joe Biden’s involvement, including statements made under threat of prosecution.

That is why developments in the next few weeks will be so interesting. These prosecutors could set their investigations into the amber of the lame-duck period as insurance against Biden administration interference. That could force a question over the need for a special counsel, if criminal conduct is further revealed by indictments or reports.

Prosecutors in the lame-duck often are like Shakespeare’s Richard II, who lamented: “I wasted time then, and now time wastes me.” If there is evidence of criminal conduct in these investigations, time waits for no prosecutor.

262 thoughts on “Durham’s Lame Duck Period: Democratic Leaders Suggest A Dim Future For Biden-Related Investigations”

  1. Let’s have full transparency and a full public audit …

    Of Trump’s tax returns. I just don’t trust this being done behind closed doors.

    1. Yeah. Trump’s tax returns as a private citizen are certainly more important than three years of sedition based on the Russia hoax, criminal conduct by the FBI, and the Bidens’ grifting with the ChiComs for millions giving rise to potential blackmail of President Biden./s

  2. Shipp: Coup Against Trump Is “Biggest Violation Of Constitution In History”

    Yes, this is a coup. This is the most shocking violation of the Constitution and criminal activity in the history, not just of America, but of a western government…”

    “Much of this rises to the level of treason. People need to understand how shocking this is. It was a clear conspiracy. There will be arrests and indictments without question. . . . This was a coup. It was a conspiracy. It was criminal activity. These people need to be indicted, charged and need to be put in prison, and if they’re not, then our Constitution is nothing more than a sham.
    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-04-28/shipp-coup-against-trump-biggest-violation-constitution-history

  3. It is now clear that the inner circle of the Obama White House, including the former President himself, were coordinators of the entire Russia hoax from inception through the Mueller inquisition. From the start all the way up to the coming indictments.

    A coordinated conspiracy run from the Obama White House
    That all elements of the senior departments of the major agencies of the United States Government were illegally weaponized to destroy a political opponent. A coordinated assault on the constitution and the Republic.

    To sabotage an incoming President. Overthrow the government of the United States. Abuse their authorities to openly frame, smear and seek the destruction and criminal indictment of a duly elected President using the evidence they themselves fabricated.

    Clapper said that everything he and John Brennan had done prior to and during the 2016 election was explicitly on Barack Obama’s orders

    1. The Obama Coup D’etat in America is the most egregious abuse of power and the most prodigious crime in American political history.

      The co-conspirators are:

      Kevin Clinesmith, Bill Taylor, Eric Ciaramella, Rosenstein, Mueller/Team, Andrew Weissmann,

      James Comey, Christopher Wray, McCabe, Strozk, Page, Laycock, Kadzic,

      Sally Yates, James Baker, Bruce Ohr, Nellie Ohr, Priestap, Kortan, Campbell,

      Sir Richard Dearlove, Christopher Steele, Simpson, Joseph Mifsud,

      Alexander Downer, Stefan “The Walrus” Halper, Azra Turk, Kerry, Hillary,

      Huma, Mills, Brennan, Gina Haspel, Clapper, Lerner, Farkas, Power, Lynch,

      Rice, Jarrett, Holder, Brazile, Sessions (patsy), Nadler, Schiff, Pelosi, Obama,

      Joe Biden, James E. Boasberg et al.

  4. ‘Barack Obama tells Scott Pelley Republicans who “go along with” the President’s claims of election fraud put democracy on “a dangerous path.”

    The former president appears in his first interview about his new book “A Promised Land,” Sunday on 60 Minutes.’

    Screw him. BO is a lying, instigating America hater. There is nothing ‘inspirational’ that comes out of Barack Obama’s mouth. Or his wife’s. They divide and agitate. Always with the sycophantic support of the media.

    1. “Obama tapped 20 Associated Press office phone lines and the homes and phones of reporters. Trump tweets mean things.

      UNHINGED on 60 Minutes: Barack Obama — who droned weddings & targeted journalists — compares @realDonaldTrump to a dictator who thinks, “I can kill people. I can throw them in jail. … I can suppress journalists.”

      Barack Obama is a LIAR.

      60 Minutes’ Scott Pelley is an Obama c*cks*cker, not to be mistaken for “journalist.”

      1. Obama never faced a serious interview during his entire career in Washington. Talk about affirmative action. Why continue to coddle the poseur, the liar? Oh, that’s right, he’s a Democrat and he’s half black. Excuuuuse me.

  5. Let’s be real, Congress still hasn’t instituted all of the “9/11 Commission” recommendations – that was the ultra independent and non-partisan commission of the most respected leaders in recent history, at great taxpayer expense. The purpose of using “outsiders” to conduct independent investigations is to provide “political-cover” for members of Congress to pass reforms that can’t pass as regular legislation.

    Congress actually ended up funding failed programs condemned by the 9/11 Commission, rewarding flawed ideas and dysfunctional bureaucracies – not to disparage the fine subordinates that follow orders in those agencies. If the goal of spending millions of tax dollars on show-trials is to enact substantial reforms, that hasn’t worked either.

    Here’s what will work:
    Start a “Truth Commission” starting with the 1970’s Gulf of Tonkin fraud and ending with Bush & Cheney’s faux aluminum tubes. Instead of criminal prosecution for federal officials/accessories betraying their oath of office, offer zero jail time in exchange for truth-telling that mandates fundamental reforms. Using taxpayer dollars for show-trials that leads to business-as-usual is why Americans distrust government! A real “Truth Commission” is the only solution.

  6. LOL – what does Adam pencil-neck/bug-eyed/watermellon-head really “seek”: getting butt-banged by a young black guys ripped to the tits on meth. BARF. Research it and know the TRUTH! Said PUKE is wholly owned!

  7. Please join your neighbors and I in the fight to preserve American ideals of freedom. Acting in concert, it is time to speak out against the efforts of Andrew Weissmann, Adam Schiff, their allies in the partisan media, and the dominant social media platforms to silence patriotic Americans and their hard-fought ideals. Together, we cannot and will not be silenced.

    Years of inflammatory media coverage, first through the Steele Dossier and then the Democrat-led Mueller investigation, have succeeded in creating a false narrative aimed at delegitimizing President Trump and overturning the 2016 election, in practical effect if not in fact.

    These same partisans continue to suppress information damaging to the Democratic cause. It is beyond dispute that the Steele Dossier was funded by the Clinton campaign. The FBI concealed the identify of Igor Danchenko, an employee of the Democratic-aligned Brookings Institution, as the primary source for the Steele Dossier, for over three years. Even Mr. Danchenko admitted to the FBI that the information was based on “rumor and speculation,” and that Mr. Steele “misstated and exaggerated” the information he provided. As admitted by members of the FBI and DOJ overseeing the “investigation” of Mr. Trump, this information was nonetheless a primary basis for the secret, illegally obtained surveillance used to spy on Mr. Trump’s associates.

    This information has been carefully curated by the Democratic party, the media, and their allies to support a highly politicized, false narrative. Yet the most notorious proponents of this narrative are trumpeted as victims for consumption by the American people:

    “For whatever reason over the last year and a half, the former president has viewed me as a threat,” said Adam Schiff, Party Member and Chair of the House Committee on Foreign Intelligence. “His allies in Congress have likewise come to his assistance in attacking me. It comes with the job, and I take it as a sign of effectiveness that they need to go after me.”

    The media continues to suppress serious evidence that President Biden and his family members received millions of dollars from foreign actors as part of an influence peddling scheme. These claims are supported by Mr. Biden’s own public statements, a laptop belonging to Mr. Biden’s son, related texts and emails, and statements by a business associate of the Biden family, who has risked his reputation in an overwhelmingly hostile environment to speak directly to the American people. The Biden family has not denied that the information is accurate, nor have they been asked by a supportive media. Yet, according to a letter recently signed by over fifty former senior intelligence officials, these claims have “all the classic earmarks of a Russian information operation.” Of course it is Russian disinformation. It has worked so far, might as well ride the horse that got you there.

    It is time to stop the madness. Democratic operatives are now attempting to scuttle the investigations being carried out by Attorney General William Barr and U.S. Attorney John Durham. These efforts are nakedly politicized attempts to bury embarrassing, and possibly criminal, activities carried out by Democrats and their allies. Career officials in the Department of Justice and elsewhere immediately recognize that their future job security depends on their willingness to obstruct the investigations until Mr. Barr and Mr. are removed from their positions. They will then rest safe in the knowledge that the Department of Justice will be re-established as a politicized entity tasked with protecting the Democratic party and their allies.

    This year, the American election system was subjected to a wholesale reconfiguration under cover of the COVID pandemic. The widespread shift to mail-in voting removed accountability and transparency and laid the foundations for rampant fraud to be carried out without detection. Yet we have been told that this has been the most trustworthy election in history. Their goal now: run out the clock.

    Mr. Biden is right. We are in for a dark winter. As Americans, please join your neighbors and I in fighting for our ideals. Together, we will not be silenced. Remembering the words of Ronald Reagan, we will create Morning in America.

    1. “The media continues to suppress serious evidence that President Biden and his family members received millions of dollars from foreign actors as part of an influence peddling scheme.”

      Now is the time to appoint a special counsel.

      Does anyone believe Lindsay Graham is going to investigate his old friend Joe? Subpoena Hunter? Dream on.

  8. We already know that Dominion voting machines turned Trump votes into Biden votes in Michigan and Wisconsin.

    Dominion uses the same software in all its machines.

    Therefore: all votes counted by Dominion machines must be audited.

    1. Yet, there are those on the blog that are clueless and keep repeating that no cheating occurred. That tells us a lot about the quality of the left that resides on this blog

    2. What are the odds that China actually interferred in this election and hacked the vote in favor of Biden? Greater than Russia ‘interfering’ in 2016 with a bunch of Facebook ads? This election was rigged for Joe Biden by the media, by the Dems who changed election laws and blanketed the electorate with mail-in ballots sent out willy nilly to anyone and everyone, by China, and by even our own CIA? NSA? What are the odds they did NOT know about Dominion machines?

      I’d say pretty good odds this election was rigged.

      1. “I’d say pretty good odds this election was rigged.”

        I agree send the snail mail letters to Trump at the White House. I was told an insignificant town in Florida was at the top of the list to lose their post office. They mailed cocoanuts to the postmaster general. That post office remains in existence.

        Individual letters sent by snail mail are meaningful.

        The election was rigged.

      2. “I just got a message that says the president is requesting that every registered voter send him a snail mail letter a letter to demand a full audit of all 50 states. Send this to

        President Donald J Trump
        White House
        1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Washington DC 20500.

        He will use this as evidence to the supreme court. He is asking all of us to send him hardcopy letters as evidence we the people are demanding an audit please do this tomorrow have every registered voter in your household send a separate letter. We need to swarm the White House mail room. Thank you.
        The above info was reported on Newsmax this evening: President Trump has been censored by Twitter Facebook etc., electronic mail. Thank you in advance for forwarding this to friends and family yes the PO must deliver the mail. Pass this on to all Trump supporters!”

        1. These letters are irrelevant to a SCOTUS case.

          But they’re good for the Post Office, so feel free to send them anyway!

      3. Repeating what I saw on the blog that I checked is that there are two ways for Trump to win.

        1) removing the fraud and then have a recount.
        2) 12 th amendment. Unlikely but if enough cheating is discovered and he can show public displeasure then if a winner cannot be determined the 12th amendment sets the method of determining the winner and that would likely be Trump.

        Though the chances are Trump will eventually lose because in the short amount of time available he won’t be able to prove his case, the chances of an eventual Trump win are realistic. The press wants to hide that fact from the public.

      4. Regarding allegations of PRC interference in the 2020 election, Anonymous, here is Biden on the Tibet angle:

        https://savetibet.org/ict-welcomes-democratic-presidential-candidate-joe-biden-statement-on-his-tibet-policy/

        “As President, I’ll put values back at the center of American foreign policy. I’ll meet with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, appoint a new Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues, and insist that the Chinese government restore access to Tibet for U.S. citizens, including our diplomats and journalists. I’ll work with our allies in pressing Beijing to return to direct dialogue with the representatives of the Tibetan people to achieve meaningful autonomy, respect for human rights, and the preservation of Tibet’s environment as well as its unique cultural, linguistic and religious traditions. My administration will sanction Chinese officials responsible for human rights abuses in Tibet, and step up support for the Tibetan people, including by expanding Tibetan language services at Radio Free Asia and Voice of America to get information from the outside world into Tibet. Where Trump has turned a blind eye, a Biden-Harris administration will stand up for the people of Tibet.”

        And here is The Atlantic on “Why China Wants Donald Trump to Win”:

        https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2020/07/why-china-wants-donald-trump-win/613864/

        “From Beijing’s perspective, while a Democratic presidency may restore a more predictable form of American diplomacy, that may not best serve Chinese interests. In fact, four more years of Trump—though likely packed with annoyances and disputes—might present tantalizing opportunities for China to expand its influence around East Asia and the world.”

        “In May, Hu Xijin, the outspoken editor of the Communist Party-run newspaper Global Times, tweeted at Trump that the Chinese “wish for your reelection because you can make America eccentric and thus hateful for the world. You help promote unity in China.””

        1. “And here is The Atlantic on “Why China Wants Donald Trump to Win”:”

          Do you trust anything the Atlantic says?

            1. “Hu Xijin tweets: “I strongly urge American people to reelect Trump ”

              Jonathan, don’t believe everything you read on Twitter and nothing written by the Atlantic Staff.

      1. “Biden underperformed Hillary Clinton in every major metro area around the country, save for Milwaukee, Detroit, Atlanta and Philadelphia … in these big cities in swing states run by Democrats…the vote even exceeded the number of registered voters.”

        Pollster: Have You Noticed That Joe Biden Underperformed Hillary Clinton Except In Four Cities?

        https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/11/pollster-noticed-joe-biden-underperformed-hillary-clinton-except-four-cities/?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=PostTopSharingButtons&utm_campaign=websitesharingbuttons

        1. a) That has nothing to do with my comment.
          b) Mr. LaChance and the pollster he quotes presented no evidence for the claim.

      2. Georgia was the only southern state to go for Biden and now we’re learning that @GovKemp and the @GaSecofState have financial ties to Dominion

        Hmm, what a coincidence!

        @DC_draino

          1. Ha, ha. I have been looking at what I believe to be your posts. You give me a reason to laugh.

            Snopes is cagey, and that is why Snopes is for dopes. You are the type of person they are looking for as a customer. They depend on inferior reading skills and people who like to be easily convinced.

            To further enhance your education, let me provide you with an example of one of their meaningless statements.

            Certain groups and people “released a statement calling the 2020 election the “most secure in American history.” On its face, it does not ring true.

            That type of persuasion is not much different from the convicted killer whose mother and various people have stated he could not possibly have killed that girl.

            1. I have been reading your posts, and you insult everyone you disagree with. That’s a sign of trolling.

              And the group that called the election the “most secure in American history” were the members of Election Infrastructure Government Coordinating Council (GCC) Executive Committee – Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Assistant Director Bob Kolasky, U.S. Election Assistance Commission Chair Benjamin Hovland, National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) President Maggie Toulouse Oliver, National Association of State Election Directors (NASED) President Lori Augino, and Escambia County (Florida) Supervisor of Elections David Stafford – and the members of the Election Infrastructure Sector Coordinating Council (SCC) – Chair Brian Hancock (Unisyn Voting Solutions), Vice Chair Sam Derheimer (Hart InterCivic), Chris Wlaschin (Election Systems & Software), Ericka Haas (Electronic Registration Information Center), and Maria Bianchi (Democracy Works).
              https://www.cisa.gov/news/2020/11/12/joint-statement-elections-infrastructure-government-coordinating-council-election

              1. “I have been reading your posts, and you insult everyone you disagree with. That’s a sign of trolling.”

                If people don’t want to be called liars they don’t call others liars without significant proof. If people don’t want to be insulted they don’t use a backhand way of calling another a troll. I will permit your transgression this time John G. without responding with insult despite your backhanded insult.

                You mention a lot of names that called this the “most secure in American history”. That is untrue on its face. It might have been one of the most insecure elections in American history. Many reasons to believe cheating occurred in the election exist. Tell all of us how these people have done a serious examination of the election and how they explain the claims.

                Think before you speak or write. It will make your replies much easier to create in the future.

    3. And would you be convinced by an audit that shows there is nothing wrong? Or will that just be more evidence of the conspiracy against you?

      The test will come in about 3 days when the hand count in Georgia is completed. If no significant change in the numbers – what then? You will say there must be something else – Trump could not just have lost because the other guy got 7 million more votes than he did

      1. Is it more believable that Trump got 73 million votes – 10 million MORE than he got in 2016. Or that Joe Biden got 78 million votes without even leaving his basement to campaign?

        The answer is obvious.

  9. Turley writes: “Schiff told MSNBC that investigations of a president-elect constitute “tearing down our democracy” and a way to “delegitimize” a president.”

    Schiff knows his business well.

    DOJ knows there is a national security interest in protecting the legitimacy of both POTUS and the President-elect. But there is much blood in the water:

    “In the Senate, where GOP control hinges on two Jan. 5 runoffs in Georgia, Republican lawmakers are plotting ways to expand and intensify their investigations targeting the former Obama administration and President-elect Joe Biden and his son Hunter, with Senate Republicans saying they will use the lame duck period to ramp up their probes.”

    “We’re not going to stop,” Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said as he concluded a hearing this week on the FBI’s handling of its investigation of the 2016 Trump campaign’s ties to Russia — a probe the president has railed against for four years. “Because this is fundamental to democracy that the law enforcement community acts based on evidence, not based on bias.”

    https://www.politico.com/news/2020/11/12/lawmakers-continue-trump-era-investigations-436072

    Meanwhile, Trump tweets: “He only won in the eyes of the FAKE NEWS MEDIA. I concede NOTHING! We have a long way to go. This was a RIGGED ELECTION!”

    https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1327979630477922304

    There is relatively scant mention of our “long way to go” against COVID-19 in Trump’s Twitter feed.

    Which odds are better: that Trump flips the election or this ends in a lame duck impeachment?

      1. On your side of the ledger, Anonymous:

        https://nypost.com/2020/11/15/giuliani-claims-election-will-be-overturned-without-evidence/

        “President Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani on Sunday insisted that the presidential election would be “overturned,” claiming he had “evidence” that “corrupt machines” had deleted millions of votes for Trump — but couldn’t share it.

        “Sidney Powell, another Trump 2020 attorney, also told Bartiromo that Trump had won by “millions of votes.”

        “President Trump won by not just hundreds of thousands of votes, but by millions of votes that were shifted by this software that was designed expressly for that purpose,” Powell said, repeating the Dominion theory.

        “We have so much evidence I feel like it’s coming in through a fire hose,” she said.

        “States will start moving to certify the election results by Dec. 8, which means that Trump’s legal team has a shrinking window to prove its claims of fraud in court.”

        1. Based in her statements about the Flynn case, Sidney Powell is not a particularly honest person.

          If they have evidence, they should present it to the courts. What is she waiting for?

          1. It takes time get the facts together and that is the only reason why Biden might prevail. The Trump team lacks the time to do a full investigation.

            “Sidney Powell is not a particularly honest person.”

            That comment is coming from a person with little credibility and one who is inherently dishonest. Sidney Powell would lose her license if she were dishonest in her management of a case. You lose nothing no matter how dishonest you are. That is why you feel free to lie.

            1. Anonymous @ 6:41pm,

              If you think I said something false, just quote it and provide evidence that it’s false.

              Here’s an example of why Powell’s arguments in the Flynn case make me think that Sidney Power isn’t a particularly honest person: https://www.emptywheel.net/2019/09/10/sidney-powell-gets-caught-lying-in-flynn-hearing/
              And there are more examples in other columns: https://www.emptywheel.net/tag/sidney-powell/

              1. Multiple claims are in the first article. I can therefore pick whatever item I want to argue. Quote your arguments and then provided your rationale. You didn’t, so one can only assume that you are unable to meet your burden of proof.

                I’ll provide one typical argument. The blog didn’t quote Powell. It used the blogger’s own words. Then the blogger called Powell a liar based on the words they wrote, not hers.

                Is that the type of information you are pushing? You sound like the corner drunk telling why it was wrong for you to pass him by without giving him some money.

            1. Jonathan,

              It’s true that some of the motions filed weren’t filed by the Trump Campaign (for example, some were filed by state GOP groups), but they’ve been dismissed because they didn’t present evidence of voter fraud. Trump’s tweet doesn’t explain why his campaign hasn’t filed already if they have significant evidence for a court to consider.

              Unfortunately, Trump is a pathological liar, so I don’t assume anything he says is true unless I have other evidence of it.

              He seems fond of saying that something will occur soon. He’s been saying for years that he’d be releasing his health care plan soon, and we’re still waiting. It’s possible that they’ll actually file this suit, but I won’t hold my breath.

              1. “Trump is a pathological liar”

                You are a serial abuser of fact. Again you are pretending to be a psychiatrist without a license, and again, you are calling Trump a liar when the last time you provided no proof that would stand in court for a criminal complaint. However, maybe this time, you are revising your accusations of lying to only trivial points and don’t understand what a lie is.

                Fraud takes years to create a case. Trump has only had 12 days, and the information released is quite devastating to our country’s ability to hold fair elections.

                1. “You are a serial abuser of fact.”

                  If you think I said something false, quote it and provide evidence that it’s false.

                  Here’s evidence that Trump is a pathological liar: https://projects.thestar.com/donald-trump-fact-check/
                  Dale left the Toronto Star, so that collection isn’t being updated, but you can find a catalog of Trump’s more recent false statements in Dale’s Twitter account: https://twitter.com/ddale8

                  1. Do you know the difference between opinion and fact?

                    Apparently not.

                    I saw a whole bunch of things at your site that do not demonstrate lying, are untrue, etc.

                    That makes you an abuser of fact and a purveyor of lies.

              2. I don’t know when, where or what “breakthrough case” he will file, CTHD, but he seems to be building up to it soon.

                Trump tweets: “Why does the Fake News Media continuously assume that Joe Biden will ascend to the Presidency, not even allowing our side to show, which we are just getting ready to do, how badly shattered and violated our great Constitution has been in the 2020 Election. It was attacked, perhaps like never before! From large numbers of Poll Watchers that were thrown out of vote counting rooms in many of our States, to millions of ballots that have been altered by Democrats, only for Democrats, to voting after the Election was over, to using Radical Left owned Dominion Voting Systems, turned down by Texas and many others because it was not good or secure, those responsible for the safeguarding of our Constitution cannot allow the Fake results of the 2020 Mail-In Election to stand. The World is watching!”

      2. On the other side of the ledger, Anonymous, here is Rep. Adam Schiff:

        https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2020/11/13/trump-endgame-puts-national-security-risk-adam-schiff-column/6276508002/

        “The president’s rejection of the verdict of the American people is without precedent. His baseless and repeated accusations of vote rigging, fraud and cheating by Democrats are not only a direct challenge to governance here at home, they are also imperiling a pillar of American foreign policy by casting doubt on the fairness and functioning of our system of government at a time when the very idea of liberal democracy is under assault around the globe.

        “Trump also seems determined to exact revenge on his perceived enemies and to reward his friends. Days after his reelection loss, Trump unceremoniously fired Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and other senior Pentagon officials and replaced them with political actors whose only attribute is undying devotion to the president.

        “And the bloodletting might not end here. The president’s disdain for CIA Director Gina Haspel, who has vigorously opposed his efforts to declassify material related to Russian interference in the 2016 election and risk sources and methods, is well known, as is his oft-expressed dissatisfaction with FBI Director Christopher Wray. The simple truth is that Trump will never place the national interest above his personal interests; he never has and he never will. So Congress must.

        “Two months is plenty of time for a man who cares not a whit about the nation he leads, who reportedly disparages the men and women who serve and risk their lives as “suckers” or “losers,” to do the nation even greater harm. Now is the time for all of us in Congress, and regardless of party, to put an end to Donald Trump’s shameful endgame.”

        1. I’m always confused and impressed by the ability of some people to read another person’s mind. So, please tell us :does joe biden have fully functioning brain ? ; why would biden kick off his campaign with the Charlottesville hoax and repeat so often ?; why would joe biden say he knows nothing about his son’s hunters international business dealings and affiliations but allows him to fly AF2 and attend
          meetings ?; why wouldn’t a father be involved or more aware of a son who has had a history of drug demons with some of his son’s business associates in jail?

        2. “Trump unceremoniously fired Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and other senior Pentagon officials and replaced them with political actors whose only attribute is undying devotion to the president.”

          Or is there perhaps another reason Trump has for the realignment? Hmmm. Maybe Trump intends to honor his promise to bring troops home by Christmas?

          “The simple truth is that Trump will never place the national interest above his personal interests; he never has and he never will.”

          This statement is objectively true for the sellout Joe Biden, while obviously untrue for President Trump who just got 10 million MORE votes than in 2016, and expanded the Republican House, and held the Senate.

          1. https://www.newyorker.com/news/our-columnists/why-trump-carried-out-his-pentagon-purge

            “Getting out of Afghanistan was, the official said, one of the primary motivations behind Trump’s decision to fire Mark Esper, his Secretary of Defense, earlier this week. Since Trump’s election, in 2016, he has promised to end the country’s military involvement in Afghanistan, where American troops have been engaged since 2001. Trump has reduced the size of the force there—from about ten thousand troops when he took office—and he announced as recently as last month that all American forces would be coming home by Christmas. But he has not achieved a total withdrawal, which he has blamed on his Defense Secretaries—principally Esper and his predecessor, James Mattis. Trump “felt like he has been slow-walked ever since he came into office,” the Administration official said. “Now with Esper gone, he can do it.”

            1. Yes, so Trump intends to honor his pledge to bring troops home. And this is a bad thing? Don’t let the MIC and war machine convince you otherwise.

              It’s been so quiet and peaceful for four years. No more ISIS. US is energy independent. Peace breaking out all over the Middle East. Troops coming home. If Biden gets in, look out, it’s war time again.

    1. Neither are going to happen Jonathan. Trump will probably not make it as President until Jan 20 but only because he doesn’t do responsibilities and duty. and he can barely stand to face the public now, let alone for 2 months from now.

      Neither Biden or Pelosi will want to think about him again once gone. Good riddance. Remember, even with some Democrats wanting to go after Cheney and others for Iraq lies in 2009, Obama – and probably with Biden’s counsel – said the hell with that, let’s go forward. Most practical politicians trying to get something done know prosecuting the past just wastes time and capital.

      1. If precedent holds it will be neither a flip nor an impeachment, that’s very true, Joe Friday.

        But there may well be more pressure on Biden than Obama to implement a Truth and Reconciliation Commission:

        https://crosscut.com/opinion/2020/11/what-bidens-win-means-truth-and-reconciliation

        “It is an existential necessity that America finally face its darkest truths and reconcile ourselves to our core values.

        “As Donald Trump’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic amply proved, we cannot treat a disease we refuse to acknowledge. Through a reckless disregard for the truth, we become complicit in its spread.

        “The 574 Tribal Nations that have experienced four centuries of trauma, genocide, rape and pillage will no longer accept lip service. Likewise, we must relieve Black Americans of the trauma of living in a hostile civic society defined by arbitrary state violence, mass imprisonment, systematic voter disenfranchisement and the multigenerational deprivation of resources from their communities.

        “America must draw the line with this generation to finally confront and remediate past and present wrongs — starting with a thorough and honest accounting of the Trump administration’s transgressions.”

  10. Any red blooded American in the FBI or other service knows by now they have been lied to by Biden, Schiff, and so many others. The Kraken is released on the corruption of our sacred election process by an international cabal who are conspiring with the MSM and social media to undo our Democratic Republic.
    Like Moses, a line is drawn in the sand. Are you a Confederate of the Democratic party who would tear the United States apart or will you preserve the Union?

  11. Chuck Todd: “We invited every single Republican senator to appear here on @MeetThePress this morning. They all declined.”

    Good. Keep it up. Decline Fake Jake Tapper’s show too.

    1. “We invited every single Republican senator to appear here on @MeetThePress this morning. They all declined.”

      Wow, Republicans not interested in going on a network that hates them.

      Shocking.

    2. I was wondering how Asa Hutchinson felt knowing that he was at least Chuck Todd’s 54th Republican interview choice?

    1. Rule of law in America died in 2008 my friend. We tried to reverse it in 2016 but the Republic was too far gone to revive. 2020 sealed the deal.

    1. actually, durham announced today he is shutting down probes. we’re mostly done as a constitutional republic. the zombies have breached.

    2. actually….durham announced today that he is shutting down all probes. we’re mostly done as a constitutional republic. the zombies have breached.

  12. There are now reports that Durham is dropping his investigations out of fear of Biden blowback.

    No surprise if it be true. It seems it was all theater. But half the country has lost faith in the honesty of government officials and the integrity of elections.

    Perhaps China and Google will choose our ‘leaders’ from now on.

    I wouldn’t mind if President Trump started wringing necks.

      1. Google is giving gays a really bad name. I expect at some point they’ll cross swords with the Commies and lose.

        We won’t help them.

        1. One cannot be a little bit pregnant.

          One cannot be a little bit communist.

          Karl Marx wrote the Communist Manifesto 59 years after the adoption of the Constitution because none of the principles of the Communist Manifesto were in the Constitution.

          Had the principles of the Communist Manifesto been in the Constitution, Karl Marx would have had no reason to write the Communist Manifesto.

          The principles of the Communist Manifesto were not in the Constitution then and the principles of the Communist Manifesto are not in the Constitution now.

          The communists (liberals, progressives, socialists, democrats, RINOs) are all communists and communists-in-waiting.

          The communists (liberals, progressives, socialists, democrats, RINOs) are not a little bit the enemy.

          The communists (liberals, progressives, socialists, democrats, RINOs) are entirely the mortal enemy of the Constitution and of America.

  13. William Barr, John Huber, John Durham et al. are dutiful soldiers of the Deep Deep State.

    They have run the clock out until the 2020 election could be “fixed” through the application of an algorithm.
    ____________________________________________________________________________________

    “In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists, and will persist.”

    – Dwight D. Eisenhower
    __________________

    John F. Kennedy was ensconced through election tampering of the Deep Deep State.

    John F. Kennedy lost the election of November 22, 1963 through the election tampering of the Deep Deep State.

    President Trump is the current target of the Deep Deep State.

    It remains to be seen if President Donald J. Trump becomes the victim of the Deep Deep State or if the “swamp” can be drained.

  14. Here is what Weissmann was actually saying. Be very carefull you investigators. In 90 days we may be in power and your inquiries will be subject to our meticulous scrutiny. Yous sotenly wouldn’t wanna do anyting that might hotes your chance if yous catch my drift. Are we copacetic. Kapish? Ethics had nothing to do with it. They still wear $1,000 suits.

  15. SENATE REPORT VALIDATED MUELLER

    In August, the Republican-controlled Senate released a report on Russian interference in the 2016 election. Said report largely validated the entire Mueller Probe. Though I’m not sure Turley ever referred to the Senate report. Even mainstream media gave less coverage to the report than it deserved.

    Therefore when Turley suggests that Biden’s Justice Department has an obligation to keep the Durham Investigation going, it sounds like a bad joke. Robert Mueller’s probe was totally justified and produced 7 convictions and 37 indictments. To say that Biden has a duty to extend Durham’s investigations is like saying Biden must defer to Trump lies. Only a boot-licking Trumper would make such a claim.

    https://thehill.com/policy/national-security/512613-five-takeaways-from-final-senate-intel-russia-report

    1. Chairman Burr disappeared ~ something about insider trading and the like.

      So, no, the people behind that particular report ended up with egg on their faces.

      I suspect we aren’t done destroying the rest of the members of the committee.

  16. Two words I never liked. Just like Conservative and Liberal being used incorrectly using the political meaning bi partisan and cross partisan heave never been anything more than reframed redefined tools of the left. Both of them mean cave to the left on command.

    Useful when they had agents but we call them RINOs working for the left in the ranks of the Constitutional Centrists aka Citizens, When theywere using the word center to mean their center the hyphen between Marx and Engels instead of the true Center… The Constitution.

    Why is this important. Senate will be either 51-49 GOP or a thirteen vote difference between the two parties in House of Representatives

    Enough that the anti Pelosi Democrats can vote with the Republicans OR re register as Independent Democrats and voila Pelosi is the minority leader at best. Not my problem how she explains herself to the DNC or the Representatives. Think she might trade freeing up stimulus money for some of those not reliable bi/cross votes any more?

    1. The real point is it didn’t take much for experienced counter insurgency people (off duty military) to put together with the former and retired military a plan that in 2016 formed the largest voting block and contributed 40% of the votes cast from the for the most part independent unaffiliated self governing citizen and suggest different ways of making our voices heard outside of the formal partys.

      Not to plan and agree on how to use this tool. The main effort was stripping off the camouflage of non democratic Democrats and their RINO and DINO agents.

      At present there is nothing left to cover them up where they can hide. The majority on both sides of the Presidential issue know with certainty who reads the Constitution and who reads the Communist Manifesto. The proof is in selecting people like Warren and Sanders or voting for Ocasio types or Schumer Schiff, Pelosi and Feinsteins.

      Now everything they do is transparent to the point iif they break wind it is immediately apparent. Why? Because they know think they can do it openly.

      So Phase II a second success. We got our outsider inside and asked just expose them so we citizens can destroy them.

      And we ended up with a bonus. Senate tied or 52 48 REP and at best a thirteen point difference in the Representatives currently five.

      Cry havoc and let loose the dogs of war.

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