Reader’s Links for August 13th, 2022

Each day at just after midnight Eastern, a post like this one is created for contributors and readers of this site to upload news links and video links on the issues that concern this site. Most notably, Islam and its effects on Classical Civilization, and various forms of leftism from Soviet era communism, to postmodernism and all the flavours of galloping statism and totalitarianism such as Nazism and Fascism which are increasingly snuffing out the classical liberalism which created our near, miraculous civilization the West has been building since the time of Socrates.

This document was written around the time this site was created, for those who wish to understand what this site is about. And while our understanding of the world and events has grown since then, the basic ideas remain sound and true to the purpose.

So please post all links, thoughts and ideas that you feel will benefit the readers of this site to the comments under this post each day. And thank you all for your contributions.

This is the new Samizdat. We must use it while we can.

About Eeyore

Canadian artist and counter-jihad and freedom of speech activist as well as devout Schrödinger's catholic

22 Replies to “Reader’s Links for August 13th, 2022”

  1. I’m flying by the seat of my pants in my open biplane. (Is it still ok to call a plane “bi”?) I’m at three-thousand feet. Mid-August corn fields roll out yonder to greet a clean blue sky at the horizon. Golden grain squares checkerboard the earth. Second or third hay cuttings sit for final drying in their neat rolls. The country air is warm and sweet. The atmosphere above free men is bracing from my pilot’s seat.

    It all reminds me of that great old movie where Robert Redford plays a barnstormer during the great depression. The Great Waldo Pepper, that’s it. I bet the Great Waldo didn’t even have an altimeter. He reminds me of me (sniff) except I’m better looking:

    How can I be nostalgic for an era in which I never lived. If there is a word for this I don’t know it, and I don’t think there should be a word for it. Let some things be left free and wordless. Let some questions be left without marks. Let a few pretty things float free of the wordsmiths’ grip. In the spirit of this place we’ll call it Hegel’s Folly. –Sounds like a good bumper sticker. Maybe nostalgia must be actually lived to be legitimate, otherwise it is bastard nostalgia. Darn. Just fell into my own trap.

    Seeking public sentiment I conducted a very professional survey yesterday on injection injuries. I asked my kids, “Surely the word is getting out on the damage these things are doing, isn’t it?” I specifically asked them because they swim with the fishes. Their observations on the subject would be telling. It’s like the better economist who gets the prices of a Big Mac in a given week in 25 different countries for a snapshot of relative valuations and inflation. “No,” they said unanimously. It isn’t mainstream. They didn’t even punctuate it with the word “yet”.

    Earlier in the day, driving around, a public service announcement came on the radio. It was a weird thing about farmers. I’ll have to hear it again, but it was about supporting farmers through hard times, and I’m pretty sure it was a government-sponsored piece. So The Man is talking about the mental and financial well-being of farmers as he takes their fertilizer away, crippling their livelihoods? Do I understand this correctly?

    This past week the Jobs Report in the U.S. printed a net gain of a half-million newly-created jobs. Clearly, we can extrapolate from this that the economy is not so bad. And even if we don’t, the Fed will. This encouraging news will give it confidence to perhaps raise interest rates again in its effort to mitigate inflation. Too bad it doesn’t seem to notice that the reasons for the good print may not be good. It may be because many people are losing good-paying jobs and being forced to find two or three low-paying, part-time jobs to stay solvent. Exploding credit card debt supports this. How is this for a dramatically different take on the numbers? Stats sure can lie. Instruments can lie.

    The Keynesian Fed flies by instrumentation, only, and it flies very, very high. Its cockpit is in its ivory tower way up in the clouds. Its pilots don’t even see us. Maybe they don’t even see the ground. One wonders if they see the mountain they are about to crash into. I don’t have my pilot’s licence, but I can imagine flying by instruments, alone, takes getting used to. It’s counter-intuitive. I bet habit has you looking out the window even when you can’t see anything. At those times you have to trust the little dials. But this is not such a time. There is nothing stopping the Fed from looking at the ground right now except its political masters. Or it is too arrogant to drop and look. Or it is afraid to look. Or it wants to crash intentionally. Time may tell.

    In the example above, on injections,  my instruments gave me a better look at reality than I could get myself.

    The farmer example shows a real, and ghoulishly warped, glimpse at government psychopathy. This psychopathy, driven by blind, corrupt collectivism, is aimed at us like a bazooka. I can see this even though it’s pretty unbelievable, and it makes me rub my eyes and do a doubletake. It’s sadistic when the one hurting the farmer hands him a glass of water between beatings. The PSA on the radio also leads me to think it portends a larger campaign, part of a line of effort.

    Another good instrument is using another pair of trusted eyes outside your cockpit. That person can jump up and down and wave and point for Waldo shouting, “Hey! There’s a barn ahead and you’re too low, pull up!” Then he quits with the flashing Redford smile and the little queen’s wave and yanks on the damn stick.

    Here’s a pair of trusted eyes just outside the Dystopia cockpit:

  2. Judge Roy Moore Vindicated, Wins $8.2 Million Defamation Lawsuit
    by M Dowling – August 12, 2022

    A federal jury awarded Republican Roy Moore $8.2 million in damages Friday after finding that a Democratic super PAC defamed him in an advertisement during the 2017 U.S. Senate race in Alabama.

    Conservative Roy Moore had won the Senate primary. Democrats then set out to destroy his candidacy.

    “The Wrap Up Smear” Nancy Pelosi
    Press Conference June 22, 2017
    LAD – October 1, 2019

  3. Communist” Left is Outraged that Breitbart Doxed the Names of Couple of FBI Agents Who Raided Mar-a-Lago – Yet Same People Dox Conservatives Regularly
    By Joe Hoft
    Published August 13, 2022 at 7:45am
    The now officially ‘communist’ far-left is having a hissy fit over Breitbart doxing the names of a couple of the FBI agents who stormed the President’s house Mar-a-Lago on Monday. Yet they are happy when this happens to Conservatives.

    The far-left is complaining that Breitbart released a document from the Mar-a-Lago raid on Monday that shows the names of a couple of the FBI agents who led the raid.

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  4. Clarifying the System and Authorities to Classify Information–Based on this, Trump Followed the Law
    By Larry Johnson
    Published August 13, 2022 at 7:15am

    suspect the bulk of the readers of this blog have never held a clearance, much less a Top Secret SI TK Gamma with SAPs. In fact, my use of acronyms such as “SI” or “TK” probably has you scratching your head. Understanding the system is key for you to realize that Donald Trump has broken no law and that this latest claim accusing him of illegally taking and storing classified it total bullshit. It is the tactic of desperate men and women eager to put an end to Donald Trump’s 2024 campaign for the Presidency.

    I want you to first take a look at Executive Order 13526 issued by none other than Barack Obama. Sorry for the lengthy quote but it is important that you understand that Donald Trump acted in accordance with the Executive Order:

  5. 13Worrying Signal From Oil Traders Of A European Recession

    Recession has always been a politically sensitive word. Today, it has become so sensitive that some economists and politicians are trying to redefine it to make it lose some of its sting. The reality of a recession, however, is impossible to redefine. In Europe in particular, consumers are feeling the slowdown in economic growth in their wallets, and so are traders. There is one big difference between the two though. When a recession is looming, consumers curb spending. Traders, on the other hand, begin selling.

    Reuters’ John Kemp reported in his latest hedge fund column that hedge funds and other institutional traders sold the equivalent of 1 million barrels of European gas oil futures over the past three weeks. While this may not sound like a lot, over the last six weeks, total sales have added up to 20 million barrels. A significant reduction in the net position of traders.

    Across the Atlantic, hedge funds and money managers have been buying U.S. diesel futures and options, increasing their position by 13 million barrels over the last three weeks. Kemp suggests this is a signal that the economic outlook of U.S. traders is brighter than that of their European peers.
    It might be that U.S. traders are simply looking to profit from the diesel shortage Kemp himself wrote about earlier this month. He noted that U.S. distillate fuel inventories have fallen to critical levels, and it would take a recession to remedy things by destroying demand. Otherwise, diesel prices will only continue rising and traders would buy diesel futures.

  6. Giorgia Meloni: We are ready to govern Italy

    We are ready to launch a new season of stability, freedom, and prosperity for Italy.

    Whether the left likes it or not.

  7. BBC – The Rise of Giorgia Meloni: Italy’s first woman PM?

    Leader of the far-right Brothers of Italy Giorgia Meloni is on track, according to some polls, to become Italy’s first female Prime Minister from a party with a history of fascism.

    With the fall of Mario Draghi’s government and an election scheduled in September are Meloni and the Brothers of Italy the likely new government?

    And what would they do if they take power?

    As the far right Brothers of Italy have climbed the polls, so too have Italy’s borrowing costs after the country took a huge EU Covid loan, stoking fears of a renewal of the Eurozone debt crisis.

    Newsnight’s Policy Editor Lewis Goodall speaks to Brothers of Italy Mayor Pierluigi Biondi and Democratic Party Vice-President Debora Serracchiani about what Italians and Europe can expect if she becomes PM.

    • reuters – BVTV: Italy’s next PM

      Giorgia Meloni’s popularity is soaring.

      Her manifesto, drafted with right-wing allies, favors tax cuts and fiddling with EU recovery cash, says @LJucca.

      Yet EU and market vigilance will tame radical fiscal ideas that may endanger Italy’s big state debt.

  8. europravda – World Elephant Day: Rising human populations hindering elephants’ role as ‘ecosystem caretakers’

    These days, climate change is an even bigger threat to the conservation of these gentle giants than poaching.

  9. TEd Gunderson


    WSJ – Henry Kissinger Is Worried About ‘Disequilibrium’

    At 99 years old, Henry Kissinger has just published his 19th book, “Leadership: Six Studies in World Strategy.” It is an analysis of the vision and historical achievements of an idiosyncratic pantheon of post-World War II leaders: Konrad Adenauer, Charles DeGaulle, Richard Nixon, Anwar Sadat, Lee Kuan-Yew and Margaret Thatcher.

    In the 1950s, “before I was involved in politics,” Mr. Kissinger tells me in his midtown Manhattan office on a steamy day in July, “my plan was to write a book about the making of peace and the ending of peace in the 19th century, starting with the Congress of Vienna, and that turned into a book, and then I had about a third of a book written on Bismarck, and it was going to end with the outbreak of World War I.” The new book, he says, “is a kind of continuation. It’s not just a contemporary reflection.”

    All six figures profiled in “Leadership,” says the former secretary of state and national security adviser, were shaped by what he calls the “second Thirty Years’ War,” the period from 1914 to 1945, and contributed to molding the world that followed it. And all combined, in Mr. Kissinger’s view, two archetypes of leadership: the farsighted pragmatism of the statesman and the visionary boldness of the prophet.

    Asked if he knows of any contemporary leader who shares this combination of qualities, he says, “No. I would make the qualification that, though DeGaulle had this in him, this vision of himself, in the case of Nixon and probably Sadat, or even of Adenauer, you would not have known at an earlier stage. On the other hand, none of these people were essentially tactical people. They mastered the art of tactics, but they had a perception of purpose as they entered office.”

    One never goes long in conversation with Mr. Kissinger without hearing that word—purpose—the defining quality of the prophet, along with another, equilibrium, the guiding preoccupation of the statesman. Since the 1950s, when he was a Harvard scholar writing on nuclear strategy, Mr. Kissinger has understood diplomacy as a balancing act among great powers shadowed by the potential for nuclear catastrophe. The apocalyptic potential of modern weapons technology, in his view, makes sustaining an equilibrium of hostile powers, however uneasy it might be, an overriding imperative of international relations.

    “In my thinking, equilibrium has two components,” he tells me. “A kind of balance of power, with an acceptance of the legitimacy of sometimes opposing values. Because if you believe that the final outcome of your effort has to be the imposition of your values, then I think equilibrium is not possible. So one level is a sort of absolute equilibrium.” The other level, he says, is “equilibrium of conduct, meaning there are limitations to the exercise of your own capabilities and power in relation to what is needed for the overall equilibrium.” Achieving this combination takes “an almost artistic skill,” he says. “It’s not very often that statesmen have aimed at it deliberately, because power had so many possibilities of being expanded without being disastrous that countries never felt that full obligation.”

    Mr. Kissinger concedes that equilibrium, while essential, can’t be a value in itself. “There can be situations where coexistence is morally impossible,” he notes. “For example, with Hitler. With Hitler it was useless to discuss equilibrium—even though I have some sympathy for Chamberlain if he was thinking that he needed to gain time for a showdown that he thought would be inevitable anyway.”

    There is a hint, in “Leadership,” of Mr. Kissinger’s hope that contemporary American statesmen might absorb the lessons of their predecessors. “I think that the current period has a great trouble defining a direction,” Mr. Kissinger says. “It’s very responsive to the emotion of the moment.” Americans resist separating the idea of diplomacy from that of “personal relationships with the adversary.” They tend to view negotiations, he tells me, in missionary rather than psychological terms, seeking to convert or condemn their interlocutors rather than to penetrate their thinking.

    Mr. Kissinger sees today’s world as verging on a dangerous disequilibrium. “We are at the edge of war with Russia and China on issues which we partly created, without any concept of how this is going to end or what it’s supposed to lead to,” he says. Could the U.S. manage the two adversaries by triangulating between them, as during the Nixon years? He offers no simple prescription. “You can’t just now say we’re going to split them off and turn them against each other. All you can do is not to accelerate the tensions and to create options, and for that you have to have some purpose.”

    On the question of Taiwan, Mr. Kissinger worries that the U.S. and China are maneuvering toward a crisis, and he counsels steadiness on Washington’s part. “The policy that was carried out by both parties has produced and allowed the progress of Taiwan into an autonomous democratic entity and has preserved peace between China and the U.S. for 50 years,” he says. “One should be very careful, therefore, in measures that seem to change the basic structure.”

    Mr. Kissinger courted controversy earlier this year by suggesting that incautious policies on the part of the U.S. and NATO may have touched off the crisis in Ukraine. He sees no choice but to take Vladimir Putin’s stated security concerns seriously and believes that it was a mistake for NATO to signal to Ukraine that it might eventually join the alliance: “I thought that Poland—all the traditional Western countries that have been part of Western history—were logical members of NATO,” he says. But Ukraine, in his view, is a collection of territories once appended to Russia, which Russians see as their own, even though “some Ukrainians” do not. Stability would be better served by its acting as a buffer between Russia and the West: “I was in favor of the full independence of Ukraine, but I thought its best role was something like Finland.”

    He says, however, that the die has now been cast. After the way Russia has behaved in Ukraine, “now I consider, one way or the other, formally or not, Ukraine has to be treated in the aftermath of this as a member of NATO.” Still, he foresees a settlement that preserves Russia’s gains from its initial incursion in 2014, when it seized Crimea and portions of the Donbas region, though he does not have an answer to the question of how such a settlement would differ from the agreement that failed to stabilize the conflict 8 years ago…

  10. EXCLUSIVE: National Archives and Media Caught in Another Lie – Evidence Shows Obama Did Have Classified Docs in the 33 Million Pages He Took with Him When He Left Office
    By Joe Hoft
    Published August 13, 2022 at 9:30am
    The establishment media is now insisting that Barack Hussein Obama did not keep classified documents and take them with him after he left the White House.

    The Gateway Pundit can now confirm that this is a blatant lie. There were documents Obama had in his possession when he left the White House.

    President Trump shared on Friday that:

    President Barack Hussein Obama kept 33 million pages of documents, much of them classified. How many of them pertained to nuclear? Word is, lots!”

  11. After Biden’s FBI Raid, IT Expert Provides Some Tips for President Trump to Protect Mar-a-Lago from FBI Monitoring
    By Joe Hoft
    Published August 13, 2022 at 10:00am
    After their raid on President Trump’s home, the FBI has shown that they will do anything they want to Americans. An IT expert shared with us some suggestions for President Trump to take after being stormed by the FBI.

    On Monday evening Americans were notified that President Trump’s house in Florida, Mar-a-Lago, was raided by Biden’s corrupt FBI. This was the day that America changed.

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  12. Baltimore’s Top Prosecutor Held In Contempt Of Court
    By ProTrumpNews Staff
    Published August 13, 2022 at 9:15am
    Another radical left prosecutor got caught breaking the rules.

    Baltimore’s top prosecutor Marilyn Mosby was just held in contempt of court — for violating a gag order in a high-profile murder case.

    The case is surrounding the 2015 shooting death of Kevin Jones. Prosecutors have unsuccessfully tried Keith Davis Jr. four separate times. Davis claims innocence.

    Mosby responded to an Instagram post on the topic – she said, “You really shouldn’t believe everything you read.”

  13. NEW YORK TIMES – Trump Lawyer Told Justice Dept. That Classified Material Had Been Returned

    The lawyer signed a statement in June that all documents marked as classified and held in boxes in storage at Mar-a-Lago had been given back. The search at the former president’s home on Monday turned up more.

    At least one lawyer for former President Donald J. Trump signed a written statement in June asserting that all material marked as classified and held in boxes in a storage area at Mr. Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence and club had been returned to the government, four people with knowledge of the document said.

    The written declaration was made after a visit on June 3 to Mar-a-Lago by Jay I. Bratt, the top counterintelligence official in the Justice Department’s national security division.

    The existence of the signed declaration, which has not previously been reported, is a possible indication that Mr. Trump or his team were not fully forthcoming with federal investigators about the material. And it could help explain why a potential violation of a criminal statute related to obstruction was cited by the department as one basis for seeking the warrant used to carry out the daylong search of the former president’s home on Monday, an extraordinary step that generated political shock waves.

    It also helps to further explain the sequence of events that prompted the Justice Department’s decision to conduct the search after months in which it had tried to resolve the matter through discussions with Mr. Trump and his team.

    An inventory of the material taken from Mr. Trump’s home that was released on Friday showed that F.B.I. agents seized 11 sets of documents during the search with some type of confidential or secret marking on them, including some marked as “classified/TS/SCI” — shorthand for “top secret/sensitive compartmented information.” Information categorized in that fashion is meant to be viewed only in a secure government facility.

    The search encompassed not just the storage area where boxes of material known to the Justice Department were being held but also Mr. Trump’s office and residence. The search warrant and inventory unsealed on Friday did not specify where in the Mar-a-Lago complex the documents marked as classified were found.

    Mr. Trump said on Friday that he had declassified all the material in his possession while he was still in office. He did not provide any documentation that he had done so.

    In an appearance on Fox News on Friday night, the right-wing writer John Solomon, whom Mr. Trump has designated as one of his representatives to interact with the National Archives, read a statement from the former president’s office claiming that Mr. Trump had a “standing order” during his presidency that “documents removed from the Oval Office and taken to the residence were deemed to be declassified the moment he removed them.”

    A spokesman for the former president, Taylor Budowich, said on Saturday, “Just like every Democrat-fabricated witch hunt previously, the water of this unprecedented and unnecessary raid is being carried by a media willing to run with suggestive leaks, anonymous sources and no hard facts.”

    The warrant said F.B.I. agents were carrying out the search to look for evidence related to possible violations of the obstruction statute as well as the Espionage Act and a statute that bars the unlawful taking or destruction of government records or documents. No one has been charged in the case, and the search warrant on its own does not mean anyone will be.

    Last year, officials with the National Archives discovered that Mr. Trump had taken a slew of documents and other government material with him when he left the White House at the end of his tumultuous term in January 2021. That material was supposed to have been sent to the archives under the terms of the Presidential Records Act.

    Mr. Trump returned 15 boxes of material in January of this year. When archivists examined the material, they found many pages of documents with classified markings and referred the matter to the Justice Department, which began an investigation and convened a grand jury.

    In the spring, the department issued a subpoena to Mr. Trump seeking additional documents that it believed may have been in his possession. The former president was repeatedly urged by advisers to return what remained, despite what they described as his desire to continue to hold onto some documents.
    What we consider before using anonymous sources. How do the sources know the information? What’s their motivation for telling us? Have they proved reliable in the past? Can we corroborate the information? Even with these questions satisfied, The Times uses anonymous sources as a last resort. The reporter and at least one editor know the identity of the source.

    In an effort to resolve the dispute, Mr. Bratt and other officials visited Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla., in early June, briefly meeting Mr. Trump while they were there. Two of Mr. Trump’s lawyers, M. Evan Corcoran and Christina Bobb, spoke with Mr. Bratt and a small number of investigators he traveled with, people briefed on the meeting said.

    Mr. Corcoran and Ms. Bobb showed Mr. Bratt and his team boxes holding material Mr. Trump had taken from the White House that were being kept in a storage area, the people said.

    According to two people briefed on the visit, Mr. Bratt and his team left with additional material marked classified, and around that time also obtained the written declaration from a Trump lawyer attesting that all the material marked classified in the boxes had been turned over.

    A short time after the meeting, according to people briefed on it, Mr. Bratt sent Mr. Corcoran an email telling him to get a more secure padlock for the room. Mr. Trump’s team complied.

    The Justice Department also subpoenaed surveillance footage from Mar-a-Lago recorded over a 60-day period, including views from outside the storage room. According to a person briefed on the matter, the footage showed that, after one instance in which Justice Department officials were in contact with Mr. Trump’s team, boxes were moved in and out of the room.

    That activity prompted concern among investigators about the handling of the material. It is not clear when precisely the footage was from during the lengthy back-and-forth between Justice Department officials and Mr. Trump’s advisers, or whether the subpoena to Mr. Trump seeking additional documents had already been issued.

    Mr. Budowich said it was “no surprise that boxes may be moved in and out of a storage room.”

    “That’s not news,” he said. “If there was actual concern, the D.O.J. could have asked, just like they had previously, and they would have, again, received full cooperation.”

    In recent months, investigators were in contact with roughly half a dozen of Mr. Trump’s current aides who had knowledge of how the documents were handled, two people briefed on the approaches said. At least one witness provided the investigators with information that led them to want to further press Mr. Trump for material, according to a person familiar with the inquiry.

    Concern about Mr. Trump’s cavalier handling of classified information dates back to the early days of his administration. When Mr. Trump left office, President Biden quickly took the extraordinary step of barring him from receiving the intelligence briefings traditionally provided to former presidents, saying that Mr. Trump could not be trusted because of his “erratic behavior.”

    The security of classified information at Mar-a-Lago was also a concern for government officials even while Mr. Trump was in office. During his presidency, the government built what is known as a SCIF — a sensitive compartmented information facility — for Mr. Trump’s use while he was at the club.

    Expressing alarm about the documents that were retrieved from Mar-a-Lago, the leaders of two House committees on Saturday called on Avril D. Haines, the director of national intelligence, to conduct an “immediate review and damage assessment” and provide a classified briefing to Congress about the potential harm done to national security.

    “Former President Trump’s conduct has potentially put our national security at grave risk,” the committee leaders, Representatives Carolyn B. Maloney, Democrat of New York and the chairwoman of the Oversight Committee, and Adam B. Schiff, Democrat of California and the chairman of the Intelligence Committee, wrote to Ms. Haines.

    On Thursday, Attorney General Merrick B. Garland made a public statement saying he had personally authorized the decision to seek the search warrant for Mr. Trump’s property, and he indicated that the Justice Department would have made such a move only after trying less invasive measures.

    Shortly before Mr. Garland made the announcement, a person close to Mr. Trump reached out to a Justice Department official to pass along a message from the former president to the attorney general. Mr. Trump wanted Mr. Garland to know that he had been checking in with people around the country and found them to be enraged by the search.

    The message Mr. Trump wanted conveyed, according to a person familiar with the exchange, was: “The country is on fire. What can I do to reduce the heat?”

    The following day, as a judge unsealed the warrant and the inventory of items that the F.B.I. took, Mr. Trump alternately claimed he did nothing wrong and also made the baseless statement that officials may have planted evidence at his property during the search.

  14. Trump’s Attorney Demands To Know Why Judge Who Signed Warrant Recused Himself From Clinton Lawsuit

    One of the personal attorneys for former President Donald Trump is demanding to know why the judge who signed the warrant to search his private house had recused himself from a lawsuit against 2016 Democrat Presidential Nominee Hillary Clinton.

    The attorney, Alina Habba, said that this judge recused himself from the former president’s lawsuit against Clinton this year when she spoke to Fox News host Jesse Watters on Friday, The Daily Mail reported.

    “They needed a little drama, so they throw this out there. They go to the judge that had recused himself in my Hillary case a month ago,” she said.

    “I would like to know why he recused himself in that case, but then he was able to sign this warrant. I want to know that,” she said.

    It was on June 22 when Judge Bruce W. Reinhart recused himself from the Trump lawsuit against Clinton.

    Then, six weeks later, the same judge signed the warrant to search Mar-a-Lago.

    What could have been the reason the judge would have felt the need to recuse himself from the Trump lawsuit against Clinton but not on the Trump warrant?

    And it gets more interesting.

    In his recusal the judge said “The undersigned Magistrate Judge, to whom the above-styled cause has been assigned, hereby recuses himself and refers the case to the Clerk of Court for reassignment pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 455.”

    The code he referred to says, “Any justice, judge, or magistrate judge of the United States shall disqualify himself in any in which his impartiality might reasonably be questioned.”

    Another attorney for former President Donald Trump has spoken on what she witnessed during the raid of his Florida home by the FBI.

    His attorney, Lindsey Halligan, spoke with Fox News host Sean Hannity on Wednesday and warned that the search was more concerning than the former president being targeted.

    “So I arrived around 11:00 a.m. and there were about 30-40 FBI agents that I saw, either of which were wearing suits, the rest were in cargo pants, masks, and gloves. And they basically had unfettered access to the property. They refused to talk to me. They refused to let me in. All I knew is that they were searching areas one, two, and three, which I understood to be the former president’s bedroom, his office, and a storage room. And other than that, we were not allowed to talk to them or go inside at all,” she said.

    “That’s the thing. They had unfettered access to the property. They looked at god knows what in there and did god knows what in there. We have no idea. What the FBI did was an appalling display of abuse of power. All documents requested were previously handed over. President Trump and his team painstakingly reviewed every single document at Mar-a-Lago and gave the government what they requested. If they needed any other documents, they could have just asked. And the warrant was secured under seal, so they tried to get away with concealing this overreach by obtaining a warrant under seal. Nobody knew about it,” the attorney said.

    “They knew that President Trump was in Bedminster and hasn’t been at Mar-a-Lago for some time. They thought they could sneak in, snoop around without attorneys present and in case they walked out with nothing, so nobody would know that they overreached this degree. It’s unprecedented in United States history. The government seems to be out of control. It’s plagued with manipulation, corruption, greed, and fraud,” she said.

    “When I arrived and kind of announced myself as the legal representation for President Trump. I asked to see a copy of the warrant,” she said.

    “Initially they refused and said, ‘You know, we don’t have to show it to you.’ And there was a little bit of an exchange about whether it was appropriate to withhold the warrant when you’re searching the residence of the former president, who’s likely to be the Republican nominee in the next election, though they conceded and let me see it, they did not give me a copy of it right away, but they did let me see it,” she said.

    “It was very, I would say, thin. And as you can tell from public records, the affidavit, the supporting documentation of what the probable cause was to obtain the warrant has been sealed,” she said.

    “So we’re not allowed to see that. We have to go to court to request the judge to release that which, you know, may or may not happen. So we don’t know what the probable cause is, why they were allowed to search, but they did,” the attorney said.

    “They also said that they were looking for classified documents, evidence of a crime as far as classified documents go,” she said.

  15. DAILY MAIL – Hero father-of-three, 35, restrains woman claiming to have explosives who stripped to her underwear and tried to storm plane cockpit shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ on Jet2 flight from Cyprus to Manchester

    Phillip O’Brien was a passenger on the Jet2 flight from Lanarca to Manchester Airport on Tuesday, August 9

    An unidentified woman in her 30s allegedly stripped naked and shouted that her parents were ISIS members

    Drainage firm boss says the woman suggested she had explosives on board and restrained her on the ground

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