Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy tore into FBI agent Peter Strzok in splendid fashion yesterday. It was one of the highlights of a grueling 12-hour testimony by the smirking Strzok who headed both the Hillary Clinton email investigation and the Russian collusion investigation. He seemed to have no trouble whatsoever arrogantly lying over a prolonged period, but Gowdy does not suffer corrupt fools well and went after him. Strzok was testifying in front of the House oversight and judiciary committees. Gowdy accused Strzok of “textbook bias” with his anti-Trump texts. That’s one way of putting it… I had a much more colorful way of saying it yesterday that I won’t repeat here.
Gowdy and Strzok hotly went after it yesterday. They faced off and Gowdy of course was the winner in the match. It wasn’t even a contest… Gowdy blew Strzok away with razor sharp truth. Strzok claimed he was removed from the Russia probe over an “appearance” issue and not because of “bias.” He then said he didn’t appreciate Gowdy saying otherwise. “I don’t give a damn what you appreciate, Agent Strzok,” Gowdy shot back. “I don’t appreciate having an FBI agent with an unprecedented level of animus working on two major investigations in 2016.” Slow clap… that’s exactly what Strzok deserved there.
Gowdy earlier pointed out that Strzok had former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton “winning the White House” before he finished her investigation and, likewise, he had President Trump “impeached” before he began working on the probe of his campaign ties to Russia. Gowdy was citing derogatory and inflammatory comments Strzok made in text messages while working on the investigations. “Agent Strzok had Hillary Clinton winning the White House before he finished investigating her,” Gowdy stated. “Agent Strzok had Donald Trump impeached before he even started investigating him. That is bias. Agent Strzok may not see it but the rest of the country does, and it is not what we want, expect or deserve from any law enforcement officer much less the FBI.”
Gowdy savaged Strzok over what his text messages entailed, as well has his hateful bias against President Trump. He laser focused on why Strzok was removed from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling into the 2016 election. Strzok lied like a trooper and grinned while doing it. The Democrats applauded him… one of them said he deserved a Purple Heart for his testimony. That is a horrible insult to all those who have served and sacrificed in our military that actually earned a Purple Heart.
This was Strzok’s first time testifying on Capitol Hill since the release of a Justice Department inspector general report that heavily criticized his comments. He claims he has no bias and that his personal opinions did not taint his work. No one believes that. His lover, Lisa Page, is set to testify today behind closed doors now that she has heard what Strzok had to say.
From Fox News:
“Strzok says an infamous text message saying “we’ll stop” the election of Donald Trump was written in response to a series of events including Trump’s “disgusting” insult of the family of a fallen American soldier. Strzok appeared to refer to derogatory statements Trump made about the family of U.S. Army Capt. Humayun Khan, who was killed in Iraq in 2004.
“Following Gowdy’s questioning, Strzok responded strongly saying that he takes “great disagreement” to the allegations brought against him by the South Carolina legislator and that Strzok’s text messages represented his personal feelings and did not affect his work at the FBI.
““At no time, in any of these texts, did those personal beliefs ever enter into the realm of any action I took,” Strzok said. “And the suggestion that I, in some dark chamber in the FBI, would somehow cast aside all of these procedures, all of these safeguards, and somehow be able to do this is astounding to me.”
“Strzok added: “The proposition that that is going on or that it might occur in the FBI deeply corrodes what the FBI is in American society, the effectiveness of their mission and it is deeply destructive.””
The floor turned chaotic during Gowdy’s questioning yesterday with Democrats shouting over him and making a scene. They did that as well to Louie Gohmert, who said at one point, “The disgrace is what this man has done to our justice system!” Gohmert stated. “It won’t be recaptured any time soon because of the damages that you have done to the justices and I have talked to FBI around the country, you have embarrassed them, you have embarrassed yourself and I can’t help but wonder when I see you looking there with a little smirk, how many times did you look so innocent into your wife’s eyes and lie to her about Lisa Page?” Democrats erupted in the chamber shouting “shame” and “harassment.” One female Democratic member on the judiciary committee yelled into her microphone at Gohmert during the rant: “You need your medication.”
Jim Jordan also got into it with Strzok over his sources and lying, as did other Republicans who grilled the FBI agent. Republicans demanded answers and Democrats obstructed as did Strzok himself. At one point, it looked like Strzok would be held in contempt for not answering questions put to him. Sadly, that did not happen. There was yelling and insults were lobbed during the whole disgraceful sham of a hearing. Strzok refused to answer GOP questions about the early stages of the FBI investigation into Russian intervention because the probe is still ongoing and he said FBI counsel had instructed him not to.
There was no justice to be found yesterday. Only horrid, disrespectful and disgraceful grandstanding by Democrats. Jeff Sessions needs to do his job here and appoint a special counsel to investigate all of this. Not only does Gowdy not give a damn about what Strzok thinks, neither does America. We just want justice here and we are now demanding it.
Congrats! Sarah Just Hit Huge Accomplishment Defying All Odds And EVERYONE Missed It!
In Washington, D.C. where careers can be as notoriously short-lived as the memories of some of the American people, or as long as those beltway lifers you are willing to climb into bed with, certain milestones stand out. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders reached a milestone few thought she would reach, and ironically enough was acknowledged by none other than a single lone reporter from the press pool themselves.
With the usual standing room only in the White House Briefing Room, the 36-year-old mother of three presided as unruffled as always, over her 100th formal session before the shark-infested waters of the mainstream media propaganda mouthpieces and a handful of legitimate reporters.
Jake Turx said, the senior White House correspondent for Ami Magazine, stated – “Thank you, Sarah. I’d like to congratulate you. This is your 100th briefing, and there’s no way what you do every day is easy.”
Sanders gave a gracious smile and then offered a small thank you to the reporter before allowing him to continue with a question.
She began with a few announcements, telling reporters that President Trump had been briefed earlier in the day by Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen on the looming threat to Hawaii of Hurricane Lane, now a Category 4 storm.
It was her first briefing in a week and came a day after the convictions of former Trump associates Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen, the subject that dominated questions from reporters.
She was prepared, and responded by saying again and again that “the president has done nothing wrong and there are no charges against him.” Other questions on the subject that she was not prepared to answer, and she referred reporters to the president’s outside counsel.
It was the usual level of toughness as her briefings go, not that any of her briefings are tiptoes through the tulips.
“It depends on the day,” she said in an interview Tuesday when asked if she has come to view her press briefings as an unpleasant chore or with dread. Her answer is the same when asked if the press briefing is the best or worst part of her day.
But there are clear indications she prefers fewer and shorter briefings since conducting her
At first, Sanders held 2-4 briefings a week, averaging 24 minutes in length. In recent weeks, the frequency has diminished to 1 or 2 a week, averaging 19 minutes in duration. Her 99th White House briefing was Wednesday of last week.
conducted 58 formal White House Briefings during his six months as press secretary. They averaged 41 minutes in length.
“We get information out in a number of different ways,” says Sanders, defending the diminished frequency of her briefings. She cites social media, which includes frequent avalanches of tweets by President Trump. “We also have a president who’s extremely accessible and engages with the press a lot more.”
He’s certainly accessible to Fox News, who Wednesday has its 30th interview with Mr. Trump since he took office, many times more than any other news organization.
Of the adversarial and sometimes combative tone of some exchanges at her briefings, Sanders says “it certainly has its moments.”
“My job is to answer whatever the questions are,” though reporters are often dissatisfied with her responses. It is balanced out by her dissatisfaction with the “gotcha” and occasionally accusatory questions she faces.
“My goal is to go out there and do the best I can to represent the president and to communicate his message and his policies,” she says about her objective in the briefing room.
She says some reporters “are doing more to perform and get a clip for a news segment than they are to actually get information.” She mentions no names.
“I think if we could focus on pushing out information, versus just trying to have either a ‘gotcha’ moment or a heated exchange they could play on their nightly news, I think everybody would be better served.”
At the same time, Sanders says her criticism does not apply to all reporters at her briefings. She volunteers that some “are working hard to just get information so that they can report on it.” But she’s quick to add, that “there are certainly some I think are a little too focused on the wrong things.”
She says Mr. Trump sometimes watches her briefings, ‘if he has a chance…but does not watch every time.'”
Sanders has certainly proven herself an asset to the Trump administration and to President Trump himself, stating in a recent interview of her position as press secretary – “I certainly hope that as long as I can continue to be productive and helpful to the president, he’ll keep me around. I consider every single day that I’m here to be a privilege and I’ll keep showing up every day and work hard.”
Trump Expels Obama Swamp Slug And He’s About To Get Rid Of EIGHT More
One of President Trump’s strongest promises, when he was campaigning, was that he would drain the DC swamp. I don’t think the bureaucrats in the Beltway took him seriously, but they are beginning to change their tune. Trump is now focusing on them one at a time and a number of them are having their days counted down in the government.
Just last month, Trump revoked the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan. It was richly deserved as he was going on paid media networks and horribly disparaging the president and his office, not to mention those that serve at Trump’s pleasure. And Trump has set his sights on eight or nine others who have also turned on his presidency and in my opinion are national security threats.
You have a right to disagree with the president or anyone else… you do not have the right to start name calling and disparaging the president and all that America stands for just because you don’t like the way someone’s brand of politics is flowing these days. That amounts to aiding and abetting the enemy.
“Mr. Brennan’s lying and recent conduct characterized by increasingly frenzied commentary is wholly inconsistent with access to the nation’s most closely held secrets and facilities, the very aim of our adversaries which is to sow division and chaos,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders stated.
“Mr. Brennan has recently leveraged his status as a former high-ranking official with access to highly sensitive information to make a series of unfounded and outrageous allegations — wild outbursts on the Internet and television — about this Administration,“ the president‘s statement continued.
“More broadly, the issue of Mr. Brennan’s security clearance raises larger questions about the practice of former officials maintaining access to our nation’s most sensitive secrets long after their time in government has ended,” Sanders added.
Soon to be evaluated in a similar fashion are former FBI Director James Comey, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former National Security Agency Director Michael Hayden, former national security adviser Susan Rice, former FBI attorney Lisa Page, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, former FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, and Bruce Ohr.
The only one out of that bunch that isn’t a total slug is Hayden and he says losing his clearance will not affect him much. The rest are definitely security risks.
Brennan was furious and responded via Twitter. “This action is part of a broader effort by Mr. Trump to suppress freedom of speech & punish critics,” he wrote. “It should gravely worry all Americans, including intelligence professionals, about the cost of speaking out. My principles are worth far more than clearances. I will not relent,” he wrote. And yet, he threatened to sue over it.
Brennan even gave an interview to MSNBC where he blustered that if the president believed that the action would lead the former CIA director “to just go away and be quiet, he is very badly mistaken.” We should get so lucky.
“I‘ve seen this type of behavior, and actions on the part of foreign tyrants and despots and autocrats during my CIA and national security career,” he said. “I never thought I would see it here in the United States. And so I do believe that all Americans really need to take stock of what is happening right now in our government, and how abnormal and how irresponsible and how dangerous these actions are.”
This action is part of a broader effort by Mr. Trump to suppress freedom of speech & punish critics. It should gravely worry all Americans, including intelligence professionals, about the cost of speaking out. My principles are worth far more than clearances. I will not relent. https://t.co/TNzOxhP9ux
— John O. Brennan (@JohnBrennan) August 15, 2018
Brennan whined that he was not informed by the government but instead, had to find out about his security clearance being revoked from a friend who called when Sanders was delivering the president’s statement. Cry me a river. This is one Obama swamp slug that should have been stripped of his security clearances and ejected long ago.
“Security clearances for those who still have them may be revoked, and those who have already lost their security clearance may not be able to have it reinstated,” Sanders said.
“Susan Gordon, principal deputy director of national intelligence, told POLITICO on Wednesday that she didn’t know whether the White House consulted National Intelligence Director Dan Coats before it announced the decision to revoke Brennan’s clearance.
“But it is a presidential decision,” she said. “That authority is his; he can make the decisions. I don’t know whether we were consulted or not, but whether we were or not, it’s an executive decision for him to make.”
“She pointed out that security clearances have traditionally been important tools for the U.S. intelligence community, allowing agencies to rely the experiences of former department chiefs.
“There’s a whole range of people that we rely on, including our formers who have those clearances to help us be better at what we do and know,” she said on the sidelines of a Defense Intelligence Agency conference in Omaha, Nebraska.
“Gordon said she didn’t have any indication whether the removal of Brennan’s clearances was part of a “larger trend.”
“She stressed, however, that former agency leaders — including those working for private companies and those still in government — remain important parts of the intelligence community. And, she said, former officials with clearances should maintain certain standards to keep those clearances.
“Yes, that’s important as well,” she said.”
Trump’s actions here are widely supported by conservatives such as Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), Fox News’ Tucker Carlson, and the Senate majority whip, John Cornyn (R-TX), who is on the Intelligence Committee. He said it was “entirely appropriate” for Trump to take action against Brennan.
Now, if we can just go even further and reboot the intelligence agencies with intense background checks and severe vetting. The swamp would start to drain even faster at that point I bet. I’m glad to see Brennan get the boot by Trump… no big loss if you ask me, in fact… it’s a huge win. When the others go it will also be worth celebrating.
Nunes Announces New Clinton Evidence, Burns Entire Swamp To The Ground
He's one brave guy!
Proud Patriot Kid Rock Torched Kaepernick With A Flamethrower In Just Three Words
Now, this is a real American artist
Black Dem Senator Enraged Every Liberal With Big Billboards He Put Up Overnight
Somebody had to say it and it was one of their own!
Congrats! Sarah Just Hit Huge Accomplishment Defying All Odds And EVERYONE Missed It!
Sanders has proven herself an asset
Trump Expels Obama Swamp Slug And He’s About To Get Rid Of EIGHT More
When the others go it will be worth celebrating