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Why the Strzok testimony isn’t going anywhere

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We already saw how Lisa Page handled the sticky situation of being subpoenaed to testify before Congress. She just refused to show up, though to be fair, her attorney says she will comply after they’ve had more time to prepare. Today we’re being treated to the opposite theory of handling such a request, as Page’s former paramour, Peter Strzok arrives to answer questions about their curious text messaging habits. He not only agreed to answer the subpoena but purposefully leaked his entire opening statement to the press ahead of time so the damage control teams can get to work. (Fox News)

A defiant Peter Strzok said the scrutiny he is facing over his anti-Trump text messages amounts to “just another victory notch in Putin’s belt,” according to the FBI official’s remarks prepared to be delivered before House committees Thursday morning.

Strzok, who is slated to testify in a public hearing before the House Judiciary Committee and House Oversight Committee Thursday, has been in political crosshairs for months over revelations of anti-Trump text messages exchanged with his lover, and former bureau colleague, Lisa Page.

Strzok will say in his opening statement, obtained by the Associated Press, that he has never allowed personal opinions to affect his work, that he knew information during the campaign that had the potential to damage then-candidate Donald Trump but never contemplated leaking it to the press, and that recent congressional focus on him is misguided and plays into “our enemies’ campaign to tear America apart.”

If you’re expecting anything spectacular to come out of this testimony, allow me to spare you some angst by setting your expectations a bit lower. The tone demonstrated in Strzok’s opening comments really tells us everything we can expect to hear. It all boils down to the equivalent of, “How dare you, sir! How dare you impugn my professionalism and dedication to my country!”

And what do you expect him to say? Unless there is some hidden bombshell lurking out there, Strzok has essentially nothing to fear. Yes, he’s going to get hit with some tough questions about “what he meant” when he implied that Trump would be stopped, wouldn’t be elected president and that there were plans in place to prevent that. The thing is, while the text messages seem clear as could be and obvious to the casual observer, the witness has a rock-solid way out of this.

All Strzok has to say is that he was comforting his distraught girlfriend. As to what he meant, he could add that when he wrote We’ll stop it (regarding Trump becoming President) he was only speaking of “we” as in the American people who planned to vote for Hillary. The other comments can similarly be brushed aside as snark, humor, frustration or just generally “airing opinions” on the election like any other citizen. The WaPo ran a lengthy piece last month covering the excuses that both Page and Strzok have given thus far and there’s no reason to believe that he will deviate from those today.

And why would he? If you offer false testimony about where you purchased a particular pack of chewing gum, there’s always a risk you may be caught. A surprise witness may have seen you buying the gum elsewhere. Investigators may have retrieved a receipt for the gum out of your trash without your knowing it. But these are text messages, largely being shown out of context. It’s the same as a phone call. Unless some corroboration can be obtained from others who were privy to conversations between the two lovers (and where in the world they would find someone like that is a mystery) this is a case of Strzok declaring what his thought process was while texting his girlfriend.

No matter how implausible the explanations may be, all he has to do is stick to his story and not deviate. We don’t have any futuristic brain scanners yet that can print out his thinking at the time. And I’m sure Strzok and his attorneys know that full well. All he’s got to do is stay on script and declare his loyalty to the agency and the country. He’s very unlikely to be tripped up by this hearing.

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Obama’s Former Director of National Intelligence Says Obama Behind Entire Russia Witch Hunt!

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Guest post by Joe Hoft

President Obama’s former Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, came clean on CNN and stated that former President Obama was behind spying on President Trump!

James Clapper was on CNN yesterday and he stated that Obama was behind spying on President Trump and all the corrupt and criminal actions involving the government, including the Mueller investigation –

According to Obama’s former spy chief, James Clapper, who appeared on CNN to say it was Obama who set the entire Russia witch-hunt into motion by tasking the intelligence community assessment.

Clapper said –

If it weren’t for President Obama we might not have done the intelligence community assessment that we did that set up a whole sequence of events which are still unfolding today including Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation.  President Obama is responsible for that.  It was he who tasked us to do that intelligence community assessment in the first place.

The cat is out of the bag.

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Sunday morning talking heads

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It’s a special day on the Sunday shows when socialism’s new superstar drops by to show off her intellectual chops.

She’ll be on “Face the Nation” along with her idol, Bernie Sanders, as they campaign together in Kansas for a progressive Democrat running for Mike Pompeo’s old House seat. Why they’re wasting their time there, I have no idea: It’s a R+15 district. Presumably the idea is to draw big crowds so that other socialist candidates across the country can point to it and say, “See? Even in the heartland they want hard-leftism.”

Otherwise it’s likely to be wall-to-wall chatter about Trump and Putin today. Adam Schiff will be the lead guest on “This Week,” where he’ll say Adam-Schiff-type things about collusion and kompromat. The top-billed Republican, meanwhile, is Marco Rubio, who took some heat this week after claiming that he was satisfied with POTUS’s “I said ‘would’ when I meant to say ‘wouldn’t’” walkback of the Putin press conference. He’ll sit down with “Face the Nation” and “State of the Union” for some “Are you serious?” questions and will also likely be pressed on Trump’s commitment to NATO. Rubio’s a hawk of almost McCain-ian proportions, but unlike McCain he has a long career ahead of him potentially and therefore needs to stay on Trump’s good side. He’ll do his best this morning to be diplomatic with his criticism of the president’s NATO skepticism.

If you can stand it, John Kerry will also be on “Face the Nation” to condemn Trump for not showing as much strength towards an enemy as Kerry himself did with, er, Iran. The full line-up is at the AP.

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DEVELOPING: DOJ Releasing Docs Related to FISA Warrants on Carter Page

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On Friday, conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch announced documents related to the FISA warrants on Trump’s former campaign advisor, Carter Page were released by the FBI — and were on the way to JW headquarters.

Almost one year ago to the day, Judicial Watch filed a FOIA lawsuit against the DOJ for the following documents:

Copies of all proposed and all final signed FISA applications submitted to the FISC relating to Russian interference in the 2016 election, allegations of collusion between people associated with the Trump campaign and Russia, and any known Trump associates regardless of context;

Copies of all FISC responses to the above-mentioned applications in which the Court notified the FBI or Justice Department that it would not grant the proposed applications or recommended changes. If any such FISC responses were provided orally, rather than in writing, please provide copies of FBI or Justice Department records memorializing or otherwise referencing the relevant FISC responses;

Copies of all FISC orders relating to the above mentioned applications, whether denying the applications and certifications, denying the orders, modifying the orders, granting the orders, or other types of orders.

Obama’s Deep State FBI and DOJ obtained a FISA warrant on Carter Page in October of 2016 and three subsequent renewals in order to spy on Trump’s campaign and transition team.

Comey, Rosenstein, McCabe and Sally Yates all signed the FISA applications even though Hillary’s fraudulent Russia dossier was used as a pretext to obtain the warrants.

“Judicial Watch may finally get the infamous spy warrants the Obama administration and Deep State used while conspiring with the Clinton campaign to target then-candidate and now President Trump. It took a year, but the stonewall and cover-up, we hope, begins to end today,” Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton said.


Tom Fitton updated and said the docs were Fed Ex’ed.

Fitton appeared on Fox News early Saturday morning to discuss the new development.

Tom Fitton expects the documents to have redactions, however he said on Fox News, “I suspect we’ll get more answers. We won’t get all the answers we want, so the fight will continue.”

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The new FISA warrant documents have not been released at the time of this publication, however; The Gateway Pundit will update as soon as the documents are available.

Update: Tom Fitton says he expects to receive the corrupt FISA docs by Monday.

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