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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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