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Bigger than Vindman: Trump scrubs 70 Obama holdovers from NSC
by Paul Bedard
| February 10, 2020 08:14

President Trump is making good on his promises to “drain the swamp” and cut Obama-era holdovers from his staffs, especially the critical and recently controversial National Security Council.

Officials confirmed that Trump and national security adviser Robert O’Brien have cut 70 positions inherited from former President Barack Obama, who had fattened the staff to 200.
Many were loaners from other agencies and have been sent back. Others left government work.

The NSC, which is the president’s personal staff, was rocked when a “whistleblower” leveled charges that led to Trump’s impeachment.

Last week, one key official who testified against Trump at a House hearing on the Ukraine affair that led to impeachment was sent packing. Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman was returnedto the Pentagon. His twin brother, Lt. Col. Yevgeny Vindman, was also given the boot. Trump had expressed displeasure that Alexander Vindman had testified againsthim when the Ukraine specialist said he did not like the phone conversation between the president and a newly elected president of Ukraine.

Since entering the White House, Trump has relied on staffs smaller than previous administrations and has noted how prior presidents had a much smaller NSC team.
O’Brien recently said that former President George W. Bush handled the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan with 100 NSC aides, a model he is instituting.

“This month, we will complete the right-sizing goal Ambassador O’Brien outlined in October, and in fact, may exceed that target by drawing down even more positions,” John Ullyot, the NSC’s senior director for strategic communications, told Secrets.


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Well, surprise, surprise, there appears to be yet another clog in the drain...

Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe won't be charged, Justice Department says
A target of President Trump, McCabe was fired from the FBI in March 2018.

https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/fbi...-charged-justice-department/story?id=68989166

The Justice Department has informed former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe that it will not seek charges against him for allegedly lying to internal investigators several years ago.

McCabe was fired from the FBI on March 16, 2018, after the Justice Department’s inspector general concluded that McCabe misled investigators looking into how Justice Department and FBI officials handled matters associated with the 2016 presidential election.

Reacting on CNN, where he is now a contributor, McCabe said that it was an "absolute disgrace" that it took two years for the Justice Department to reach what he called the "obvious conclusion" -- that he said could have been drawn "a long, long time ago."

"Just so glad that my kids don't have to live with this anymore," McCabe, a frequent target of President Donald Trump's wrath, said.

"To have this horrific black cloud that's been hanging over me and my family for almost the last two years, to have that finally lifted is just an unbelievable -- it's a relief I'm not sure I can really explain to you adequately," McCabe said.

He also said he had been concerned that Trump's "revenge" following his acquittal in the Senate impeachment trial had "amplified my concerns about what would happen in my own case."

McCabe filed a civil suit against the Department of Justice and the FBI in August, arguing his firing was unjust and politically motivated.

The suit, which also names Attorney General Bill Barr and FBI Director Christopher Wray as defendants, claims that McCabe faced "unlawful retaliation for his refusal to pledge allegiance to a single man," apparently a reference to President Donald Trump.

McCabe served briefly as the bureau's director after his predecessor, James Comey, was fired. McCabe has long defended his actions, insisting he did his best to relay accurate information to those investigators.

Barr intervened Tuesday to reverse a sentencing recommendation made by prosecutors in the case of longtime Trump ally Roger Stone.

Following that unprecedented intervention, all four line prosecutors withdrew from the case in protest, with one resigning from the Justice Department entirely.

Facing the prospect of potential further resignations, Barr spoke out Thursday in an interview with ABC News in which he admonished President Donald Trump for tweets attacking a district judge and congratulating Barr for "taking control" of the Stone case.

"To have public statements and tweets made about the department, about our people in the department, our men and women here, about cases pending in the department, and about judges before whom we have cases, make it impossible for me to do my job and to assure the courts and the prosecutors in the department that we’re doing our work with integrity," Barr said.

It's unclear whether Barr's criticism also alluded to the office's investigation of McCabe, whom Trump has targeted in dozens of tweets and in his public statements complaining about the Russia investigation.
 

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Well, surprise, surprise, there appears to be yet another clog in the drain...

Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe won't be charged, Justice Department says
A target of President Trump, McCabe was fired from the FBI in March 2018.

https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/fbi...-charged-justice-department/story?id=68989166

The Justice Department has informed former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe that it will not seek charges against him for allegedly lying to internal investigators several years ago.

McCabe was fired from the FBI on March 16, 2018, after the Justice Department’s inspector general concluded that McCabe misled investigators looking into how Justice Department and FBI officials handled matters associated with the 2016 presidential election.

Reacting on CNN, where he is now a contributor, McCabe said that it was an "absolute disgrace" that it took two years for the Justice Department to reach what he called the "obvious conclusion" -- that he said could have been drawn "a long, long time ago."

"Just so glad that my kids don't have to live with this anymore," McCabe, a frequent target of President Donald Trump's wrath, said.

"To have this horrific black cloud that's been hanging over me and my family for almost the last two years, to have that finally lifted is just an unbelievable -- it's a relief I'm not sure I can really explain to you adequately," McCabe said.

He also said he had been concerned that Trump's "revenge" following his acquittal in the Senate impeachment trial had "amplified my concerns about what would happen in my own case."

McCabe filed a civil suit against the Department of Justice and the FBI in August, arguing his firing was unjust and politically motivated.

The suit, which also names Attorney General Bill Barr and FBI Director Christopher Wray as defendants, claims that McCabe faced "unlawful retaliation for his refusal to pledge allegiance to a single man," apparently a reference to President Donald Trump.

McCabe served briefly as the bureau's director after his predecessor, James Comey, was fired. McCabe has long defended his actions, insisting he did his best to relay accurate information to those investigators.

Barr intervened Tuesday to reverse a sentencing recommendation made by prosecutors in the case of longtime Trump ally Roger Stone.

Following that unprecedented intervention, all four line prosecutors withdrew from the case in protest, with one resigning from the Justice Department entirely.

Facing the prospect of potential further resignations, Barr spoke out Thursday in an interview with ABC News in which he admonished President Donald Trump for tweets attacking a district judge and congratulating Barr for "taking control" of the Stone case.

"To have public statements and tweets made about the department, about our people in the department, our men and women here, about cases pending in the department, and about judges before whom we have cases, make it impossible for me to do my job and to assure the courts and the prosecutors in the department that we’re doing our work with integrity," Barr said.

It's unclear whether Barr's criticism also alluded to the office's investigation of McCabe, whom Trump has targeted in dozens of tweets and in his public statements complaining about the Russia investigation.
Kinda pisses me off and de-winds my sails.
 

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Well then, strike up the band, let's hear his yodel!

What did we expect...really?
I expect televised executions but then I'm idealistic.

However it should be noted that this (dropped charde) is from Horowitz's 2018 Investigation NOT from Durham's Criminal Investigation!
 

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Virgil: Trump Drains the Deep State, Finally!
VIRGIL 21 Feb 2020

Interesting new headline from Axios: “New White House personnel chief tells Cabinet liaisons to target Never Trumpers.” The article details the efforts of John McEntee, just chosen by President Trump to be the new chief of presidential personnel, to target disloyal people within the administration.

As the article put it, Trump’s injunction to McEntee is, “Purge the ‘bad people’ and ‘Deep State.’”

In fact, since his February 5 acquittal in the Senate impeachment trial, Trump has made quite a few changes, pushing out former Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, as well as former National Security Council (NSC) aides Alexander Vindman and Victoria Coates. Indeed, Trump has ordered a substantial shrinkage of the NSC, long suspected to be a hotbed of Obama holdovers and leakers.

And just on February 20, Joseph Maguire, acting director of the Office of National Intelligence (ONI) was forced out, in the wake of dubiously reported stories trickling out of Capitol Hill, seeming to indicate that an ONI staffer, Shelby Pierson, had said in a classified briefing that the Russians were looking to help the Trump campaign this year. In other words, if the reports are correct, the whole issue of “collusion” is back in play—and the Democrats will be sure to make the most of it.

In fact, it’s not at all clear what was said, or not said. Even ABC News’s Jake Tapper had to admit, in a string of tweets on February 21, that there might be nothing there:
“What’s been articulated in the news is that the intelligence community has concluded that the Russians are trying to help Trump again. But the intelligence doesn’t say that,” the official says . . . “The problem is Shelby” — Pierson, the elections threats executive in the intelligence community — “said they developed a preference for Trump. A more reasonable interpretation of the intelligence is not that they have a preference, it’s a step short of that . . . It’s more that they understand the president is someone they can work with, he’s a dealmaker. But not that they prefer him over Sanders or Buttigieg or anyone else. So it may have been mischaracterized by Shelby” at the House Intel briefing last week.​
In other words, the whole report that the Russians were plotting to help Trump in 2020 could be nothing more than just the usual fake news.
In the meantime, all we know for sure about the ONI case is that Ric Grenell, the U.S. ambassador to Germany, has been named as the new acting head of ONI. Grenell is smart and tough, and so if anyone can begin to ride herd on the Deep State, it’s him.

But of course, the Deep State will fight back.

Indeed, the Deep State has been a subject of great interest to Virgil, who started writing about it back on December 12, 2016; the title of that piece was “The Deep State vs. Donald Trump.” As Virgil put it then, the Deep Statists were looking to run Trump out of office—even before he took office, “The anti-Trumpers will systematically defame and degrade the 45th president with an eye toward paralyzing his effectiveness in office and hopefully making him a one-termer—or less.”

Yes, even then, the anti-Trump forces were trying to make the New Yorker a one-termer, “or less.” It might be recalled that one hot issue back then was the coming vote in the Electoral College, which was needed to formally make Trump the next president. Yes, of course, he had won the November 8 election, and yet the Electoral College had not yet met to add its official seal.

So in that interim, Democrats, RINOs—and Deep Statists—worked feverishly to see if they could derail Trump in the Electoral College. And one of their early targets, of course, was National Security Adviser Michael Flynn; the hope was that to throw up enough kerfuffle would perhaps persuade Electors to go rogue and vote against Trump.

Virgil quoted one report on Flynn at the time, “‘There’s a real revolt going on,’ said a former intelligence officer of the CIA leaks, citing discussions with former colleagues. ‘They don’t like Flynn and they hate Trump’s guts.’”

In fact, Flynn was forced out of office in February 2017. And yet, of course, on December 18, 2016, Trump was formally elected as the 45th president.

In that first 2016 piece, Virgil defined the Deep State:
It’s not just the hulking office buildings of the Federal Triangle in downtown DC, it’s also the taxpayer-funded mini-metropolises that have sprouted up in Bethesda, Maryland, Crystal City, Virginia, and a dozen other hubs in and around the I-495 Beltway. . . . And it includes not only bureaucrats, but also a galaxy of contractors, profiteers, and others in the nominal private sector.
Over the past four years, the Deep State has wielded its power against Trump on a daily basis; that’s why we all know such Deep State-y names as Anonymous and Whistleblower. Indeed, Virgil has written about the Deep State vs. Trump dozens of times.

Yes, it’s a very deep Deep State that Trump, and his new personnel aide, McEntee, are up against. As with the Swamp, the Deep State will not be easily drained. And yet McEntee–described to Breitbart News’s Charlie Spiering as “The ultimate Trump loyalist and exactly the kind of guy, if you support the president’s agenda, that you want to serve in that position”–seems to have exactly the mandate he needs to take bold action.

So now, finally, the draining can begin in earnest.

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/02/21/virgil-trump-drains-the-deep-state-finally/
 

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FBI RAIDS DEMOCRAT STATE SENATOR Who Won Barack Obama Award

 

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Ukraine Launches CRIMINAL PROCEEDINGS INTO JOE BIDEN

 

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Democrats Devastated as FBI Arrests 2 More in Corruption Probe

 

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She read the answers so was it was a pre staged question?
Not pre-staged on the MSM's side.

Just more MSM bullshit being thrown as usual, but the little cutie was all prepared for the first asshole to step into the minefield with a stupid, slanted gotcha! "question".

And she replied with exactly the right thrust -- "HABET!" -- right to that sumbitch's heart.

It's called "meeting preparation"... and it can be devastating.
 

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Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany handling stupid question (0 min 11 sec):


Published on May 6, 2020 by SOMETHiNG WiCKËD​
 

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Not pre-staged on the MSM's side.

Just more MSM bullshit being thrown as usual, but the little cutie was all prepared for the first asshole to step into the minefield with a stupid, slanted gotcha! "question".

And she replied with exactly the right thrust -- "HABET!" -- right to that sumbitch's heart.

It's called "meeting preparation"... and it can be devastating.
OK....... maybe the msm is being hacked and she was ready for the question? Just a thought............... to get into their heads. The looks the media have had when they ask a gotcha question & whoever answers hits a home run..... Maybe fake news is being investigated as an enemy of the nation..........

Cuz screwin with people if fun. Screwin with fake news reporters is even more fun.
 

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OK....... maybe the msm is being hacked and she was ready for the question? Just a thought............... to get into their heads. The looks the media have had when they ask a gotcha question & whoever answers hits a home run..... Maybe fake news is being investigated as an enemy of the nation..........

Cuz screwin with people if fun. Screwin with fake news reporters is even more fun.
Or maybe the FMSM is just that predictable??
 

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https://dailycaller.com/2020/05/26/exclusive-unclassified-actions-ric-grenell-dni-break-deep-state/
Former acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell will swear in Texas Republican Rep. John Ratcliffe to serve as President Donald Trump’s permanent DNI on Tuesday.

Though he led the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) for just three months, U.S. intelligence officials told the Daily Caller that Grenell prioritized dozens of initiatives that restructured the intelligence community and, in Trump’s own words, gave him an opportunity to “break” the “deep state.”


— Eliminated 10 government and contractor positions within the National Security Partnerships (NSP) directorate

— Implemented a 15 percent reduction in the National Counter Terrorism Center (NCTC) by eliminating overlapping efforts within the center; appointed the first woman, Lora Shiao, to lead NCTC

— Established the Economic and Financial Security Executive, a position responsible for coordinating and leading economic security and financial intelligence-related efforts

— Consolidated more than 4 cyber-related offices into a single, unified U.S. Cyber Executive

— Created a Compartmentation Task Force, responsible for protecting the country’s sensitive intelligence

— Appointed Neil Wiley, a career intelligence professional with over 35 years of experience, to serve as ODNI’s Principal Executive

Russia Investigation And Mike Flynn
As noted by Trump, Grenell made more information public regarding the Russia investigations in three months than ODNI did in the two and a half years before the president tapped him to head the office. He also rewrote certain IC procedures to protect citizens from future abuses of power by the government.

— Directed the IC to change the way they protect the identities of U.S. citizens contained within intelligence reporting

— Completed the IC review of 53 transcripts from the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation into alleged Russian collusion in the 2016 election and made the transcripts publicly available

— Declassified previously redacted footnotes from the Justice Department Inspector General’s report into the origins of the Russian collusion investigation

— Declassified a list of government officials who requested the unmasking of National Security Advisor Michael Flynn

— Replaced FBI with ODNI as the primary group responsible for briefing presidential campaigns on information derived from national intelligence

— Declassified former national security adviser Susan Rice’s email to herself regarding a January 2016 Oval Office where progress on the Russia investigation was discussed

— Declassified additional transcripts in ODNI’s possession for potential public release by incoming DNI John Ratcliffe

Pushed International Intelligence Community To Support LGBT Issues
Grenell is recognized as the first-ever openly gay cabinet member in U.S. history, and he took it upon himself to push the IC to prioritize inclusion and sensitivity.

— Formed an IC-wide working group to support the U.S. government policy for the decriminalization of homosexuality in the 69 countries where homosexuality is a punishable offense

— Directed national security and counterintelligence experts to examine the process by which LGBT applicants obtain a security clearance without jeopardizing the often delicate relationships with family, friends, and co-workers

In addition to vacating his DNI role, Grenell announced over the weekend he will step down as the United States Ambassador to Germany, a position he served in for two years. During his time at the State Department, he successfully pressured Germany to commit to upping its annual NATO defense funding, called for a full ban of Hezbollah, and blocked the transfer of more than $300 million from German banks to Iran following Trump’s withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

Neither Grenell nor the White House immediately responded to inquiries from the Daily Caller regarding Grenell taking a different position within the administration
 

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Pentagon's deputy inspector general resigns; latest in watchdog role to depart

https://twitter.com/Reuters/status/1265458959235911680
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President Trump’s national security adviser Robert C. O’Brien has dramatically slashed the size of the National Security Council — reducing the headcount to half of what it was during the Obama era

The job cuts are an attempt to streamline the foreign policy outfit, which ballooned under the Obama administration to almost 240 staffers — still up from 115 during Condoleezza Rice’s tenure as George W. Bush’s NSA

By the end of this summer, the NSC will consist of just 105 staff, the official said.

Created by President Harry Truman in 1947, the NSC is an interagency panel that advises and assists the president on national security and foreign policy.
https://nypost.com/2020/05/26/robert-obrien-slashes-national-security-council-staff/
 

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BREAKING: Randy Feenstra DEFEATS Congressman Steve King in the #IA04 GOP Primary

https://twitter.com/DailyCaller/status/1268013968372699141
 

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View attachment 168268
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/breaking-demands-uk-hands-over-22153995

https://twitter.com/MirrorBreaking_/status/1269742332099858432

BREAKING: US 'demands UK hands over Prince Andrew to appear in court over Jeffrey Epstein links'
"...If approved by the Home Office, the FBI could ask Andrew, 60, to be compelled to go to a British court to give evidence under oath as a witness if he refused to cooperate. ".
That is not a "Hand Over". A Hand Over would be FBI going over and bringing the prince to the US. SENSATIONAL Journalism.
What it is would be a gathering of testimony via a British Court under British Rules for the prince to tell what he knows or what he does not recall. I venture there would be a lot of I Do Not Recall responses.
It would be a different interrogation altogether if the prince was in the U.S.
 

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Is he still a prince? Thought he dropped out like harry & the tramp.
 

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The US demanded the UK hand him over...

You mean like a six year old demanding mom buys him a bag of snickers in the grocery store?
Yeah, we all know that mom ignores the six year old and his demands don't get met.
Nothing to see here....
 

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Declassified Intelligence Community Annex On The Steele Dossier Proves The FBI Misled Trump And Obama

A newly declassified Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) attachment to the 2017 Intelligence Community Assessment (ICA) on Russian election activities proves that top FBI leaders, including fired former director James Comey, deliberately misled President Donald Trump about the Steele dossier in early 2017. The annex to the ICA, which was declassified by Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe on June 9 and provided to Congress, consists of a two-page summary of the debunked anti-Trump dossier by British foreign national Christopher Steele. The declassified Steele dossier annex, which was attached to the full ICA at the demand of the FBI, is noteworthy both for what it included and what it refused to disclose about the dossier and its author. Although the debunked dossier was jointly funded by the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee, the FBI never disclosed that information in the annex. The FBI did not disclose that the allegations were funded by a political opponent of the incoming president, nor did it disclose that Steele himself, aside from the political motivations of his paymasters, was also personally “desperate” to prevent Trump’s election and inauguration as president. In 2016, Department of Justice official Bruce Ohr, whose wife Nellie worked for the Democrat opposition research firm that hired Steele to peddle anti-Trump allegations to affect the 2016 elections, told the FBI that Steele was personally invested in defeating Trump in 2016.

“I provided information to the FBI when I thought Christopher Steele was, as I said, desperate that Trump not be elected,” Ohr testified to Congress. Ohr also said he told the FBI that Steele’s anti-Trump work was being directed and funded by the Clinton campaign. Instead of plainly disclosing the facts about the motivations of the foreign national hired to spread uncorroborated alleagations against Trump, the FBI instead described Steele only as “an executive of a private business intelligence firm and a former employee of a friendly foreign intelligence service.” To date, neither Comey nor his deputy Andrew McCabe, who was fired for repeatedly lying under oath to federal agents, has adequately explained why they refused to acknowledge and disclose that Steele was working for the DNC and the Clinton campaign.

The ICA annex on the Steele dossier also failed to disclose that Steele had been fired by the FBI as a source after he leaked information to the media about his dossier and then lied about it. Steele’s leaks about his own handiwork were later used by the FBI in a secret spy warrant application as proof that his dossier was accurate. In its Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) application to spy on former Trump affiliate Carter Page, the FBI falsely implied that a September 2016 article by Yahoo! News verified several of Steele’s allegations about Carter Page. The FBI did not disclose to the FISA court that Steele himself was the source for the allegations referenced in that news story.

https://thefederalist.com/2020/06/11/declassified-intelligence-community-annex-on-the-steele-dossier-proves-the-fbi-misled-trump-and-obama/
 

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house cleaning.

https://forensicnews.net/2020/06/19/12-officials-have-resigned-or-been-fired-from-the-trump-administration-in-the-past-16-days/
It is a shame he was too trusting in those earlier years. If he'd have came in with a broom imagine how much further ahead we may be now. Excluding the sorry POS Ryan.
 

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It is a shame he was too trusting in those earlier years. If he'd have came in with a broom imagine how much further ahead we may be now. Excluding the sorry POS Ryan.
Imagine how easy it was to monitor them when they were on the payroll & handing off intel...........
 

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Former Sheila Jackson-Lee Staffer Is Sentenced To 4-Years In Prison For Doxing Republicans



A former staffer for Democrats Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee and New Hampshire Sen. Maggie Hassan was sentenced yesterday to 48 months in prison for doxing Republican members of Congress in 2018 during the Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court confirmation hearings.



In April, Jackson Cosko pleaded guilty to two counts of taking restricted personal information and making it public, and also one count each for computer fraud, witness tampering and obstruction of justice.



https://theunionjournal.com/former-sheila-jackson-lee-staffer-is-sentenced-to-4-years-in-prison-for-doxing-republicans/