Comey ‘Friend’ Who Leaked FBI Memos Now Claims To Be His Attorney

This is a sign that Comey knows he’s being investigated and he’s trying to cover his communications. Problem? Comey previously testified he was not his attorney but a friend. But there’s also a conflict of interest because Richman is a witness to Comey’s leaking as well as a possible co-defendant.

Via The Federalist:

A friend of former FBI director James Comey who leaked sensitive FBI memos to The New York Times in the wake of Comey’s firing in 2017 now claims to be Comey’s personal attorney. Daniel Richman, a law professor at Columbia University, told The Federalist via phone on Tuesday afternoon that he was now personally representing Comey.

The revelation comes in the wake of news that Comey was interviewed by the special counsel’s office last year. According to The New York Times, the line of questioning from the office of special counsel Robert Mueller focused on memos that Comey wrote and later leaked after he was fired from his job by President Donald Trump. A review of FBI policies governing the handling of sensitive government documents suggests Comey violated FBI policy by leaking the memos, which were produced on government time, using government equipment, and directly related to his official government responsibilities, according to Comey’s own testimony before Congress.

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Report: Mueller Seeking Interview With Trump About Firing Comey and Flynn

Don’t do it. As the Admiral shouted in Star Wars: It’s a trap!

Via Free Beacon:

Special Counsel Robert Mueller is seeking an interview with President Donald Trump about his decisions to dismiss FBI Director James Comey and National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

The Washington Post reports Trump’s team has crafted negotiating terms for his interview with Mueller’s investigative team that could be presented to Mueller as soon as next week, according to two sources familiar with the special counsel’s plans.

According to the report, Mueller’s interest in those firings indicates his Russia probe is focusing on possible efforts by Trump to obstruct the investigation:

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New California Policy Opens Door To Illegal Immigrant Voting

This, of course, is what Democrats have been working toward, so citizenship doesn’t matter.

Via Fox News:

California this spring will begin automatically registering adults who obtain or renew a driver’s license to vote, including potentially large numbers of noncitizens and immigrants illegally living in the state.

The only way drivers who say they are legal won’t have their information sent to state voter rolls under the latest implementation of the California Motor Voter Act is if they opt out — which opens the door to the potential of widespread voter fraud, according to critics of the plan.

“You’re setting the state up for a disaster. They don’t seem to have a process in place to verify that people are who they say they are. It’s a free-for-all, a process that can be manipulated,” said Catherine Engelbrecht, founder of True the Vote, a national organization that unsuccessfully pressed Gov. Jerry Brown to veto the law allowing automatic voter registration.

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CNN’s Legal Analyst Makes Excuses For FBI After Strzok-Page Text Messages Go Missing

HT: Free Beacon

Pence Visits Western Wall in Jerusalem

Via Free Beacon:

Vice President Mike Pence visited the Western Wall in Jerusalem on Tuesday, placing his right hand on the ancient wall and praying for a few moments.

Pence was accompanied by Western Wall Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovich, U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, and others, CNN reported.

The vice president wrote in the guest book that it was a “great honor” to visit the sacred place, the Times of Israel noted.

“It is my great honor to pray here at this sacred place. God bless the Jewish people and God bless the State of Israel always,” he wrote.

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Top Half of Taxpayers Paid More Than 97% Of Individual Income Taxes Collected In 2015

Via Free Beacon:

The top half of taxpayers paid more than 97 percent of the total individual income taxes collected in 2015, according to a report from the Tax Foundation.

The foundation evaluated the most recent data on tax year 2015 from the Internal Revenue Service, which shows a progressive tax system with taxes paid by mostly high-income earners.

The study splits taxpayers in half, with the top 50 percent of taxpayers classified as those earning more than $39,275 in adjusted gross income and the bottom 50 percent of taxpayers earning less than that.

The top half of earners paid the majority of taxes, or 97.2 percent of individual income taxes, and the bottom half paid only 2.8 percent of these taxes.

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JP Morgan Chase To Raise Wages For 22K, Invest $20 Billion In US Over Next 5 Years

Via Fiscal Times:

JP Morgan Chase will increase wages for its lowest-paid workers and reverse its recent trend of branch closures, it announced on Tuesday, after promising to share the proceeds of the Trump administration’s recent tax cuts.

The moves are part of an investment plan which the bank says will be worth $20bn over the next five years, including further commitments to increase its lending to small businesses and create thousands of new jobs.

Wages for 22,000 of JPMorgan’s hourly workers will increase from between $12/hour and $16.50/hour to between $15/hour and $18/hour, depending on the local cost of living. The rises will come into force from February 25, with staff gaining an average wage rise of 10 percent.

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BleachBit Creator, Ex-FBI Experts Question ‘Loss’ Of Strzok-Page Texts

They may be recoverable if an active effort is made to get them. Word is the IG is investigating the ‘loss.’

Via Washington Examiner:

Computer forensics experts are questioning the supposed loss of five months of text messages between two FBI officials who privately disparaged President Trump before helping investigate his campaign’s possible links to Russia.

Some experts say the messages, sent during a turbulent period between Dec. 14, 2016, to May 17, 2017, may not be gone forever.

The missing messages between Peter Strzok, a senior FBI official, and alleged mistress Lisa Page immediately precede special counsel Robert Mueller’s May 17 appointment to investigate Russia’s role in the 2016 election. Strzok was taken off Mueller’s team in August after discovery of his messages with Page, who previously left Mueller’s team.

“The loss of these text messages is an unbelievable coincidence – literally,” a House Intelligence Committee source told the Washington Examiner.

A one-paragraph official explanation offers little clarity on what happened, and the FBI declined to comment on the physical whereabouts of the couple’s government-issued Samsung Galaxy S5 devices or whether additional forensic recovery steps are being taken.

Some experts say, however, that it may be possible to recover the missing communications.

“A sharp digital forensic expert may still be able to recover them,” said Andrew Ziem, creator of BleachBit, the software that Hillary Clinton subordinates used to clear information from her private server. “In general whenever any software deletes any information, traces are left on the storage device, though they become disorganized like the proverbial needle in the haystack.”

Ziem said that “success requires physical access to at least one of the unlocked devices, and it depends whether the messages were accidentally or intentionally erased, as well as other factors. As the device is used over time, the chances of accidental overwriting become more likely, and because so much time has passed since the critical period in the Strzok-Page case, success is not likely. On the other hand, individual text messages are small, so maybe a few survived.”

Investigators “may be able to recover deleted text messages from the cellphones used by the parties,” agreed Dennis Williams, a ‎partner at ‎Pathway Forensics LLC who worked three decades with the FBI, including as director of the Greater Houston Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory.

Don Vilfer, a former supervisory special agent at the FBI who leads the computer forensics division at VAND Group LLC, said “we often find the messages in other locations such as on a local computer drive as a backup or on cloud storage.”

“If the users were using the Google cloud as a backup, messages could be found there. If the phone had been synced with the FBI desktop computer, or even a home computer, the messages could also be located on those devices. If the old phones are available, forensic exams of those phones could also recover the messages,” Vilfer said. “The particular FBI employees of interest in this case had texted that they would be using an alternative messaging system, iMessage. This is on the Apple platform and would come with similar sources of possible backups—iCloud, their personal iPhone or Macs etc. I suspect that is where some real meat might be as it relates to their discussions.”

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Chuck Schumer Takes Wall Funding Off Table As A Part Of DACA Fix

Via Washington Examiner:

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., has revoked his offer to President Trump of an increase of border wall funding as part of a deal to give a legislative fix to Dreamers.

According to a Schumer spokesman, an aide informed the White House on Sunday that the offer would be revoked and taken off the table for future negotiations.

Schumer made the initial offer, which included over $1.6 billion in border wall funding, to Trump last Friday during a meeting at the White House. Trump turned the offer down during the meeting, according to the Senate Democratic leader.

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Disney Giving 125,000 Workers $1,000 Bonuses, Will Invest $50 Million Into Fund For Their Education

Via Bloomberg:

Walt Disney Co. said it will give employees a one-time cash bonus of $1,000, joining a growing list of companies handing out awards in the wake of federal tax reform.

About 125,000 U.S. employees will be eligible, the company said Tuesday in a statement, putting the cost at $125 million. Disney also plans to put $50 million into a fund to help hourly employees with tuition costs and plans to provide as much as $25 million annually for that purpose afterward.

Federal tax reform, which cut corporate rates to 21 percent, is providing a cash windfall that some employers are choosing to share with workers. Verizon Communications Inc. said Tuesday it’s giving employees stock grants worth about $2,600.

Schiff, Feinstein Fighting #ReleaseTheMemo, Claim Russian Bots Pushing Hashtag, Americans Call Them Saying They’re “Not Bots”

Hey guys, hint? The congressional evidence is the congressional evidence whatever anyone on Twitter says about it.

Why are you so desperate not to be transparent and to keep the evidence from getting out?

People are now calling Adam Schiff and Diane Feinstein’s offices and telling them they’re not Russian bots. Hilarious.

Surprise In Funding Bill: $31 Billion In More Tax Cuts, Delay Of Harmful Obamacare Taxes

Via Seattle Times:

WASHINGTON — Congress is apparently not done cutting taxes, even after passing a $1.5 trillion tax overhaul last year.

The deal struck by Democrats and Republicans on Monday to end a brief government shutdown contains $31 billion in tax cuts, including a temporary delay in implementing three health-care-related taxes.

Those delays, which enjoy varying degrees of bipartisan support, are not offset by any spending cuts or tax increases, and thus will add to a federal budget deficit that is already projected to increase rapidly as last year’s mammoth new tax law takes effect.

The Congressional Budget Office said earlier this month that the federal budget deficit reached $228 billion in the first three months of the current fiscal year, $18 billion more than the deficit in the first quarter of fiscal 2017, despite strong economic growth. And that was before the tax cuts kicked in.

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Poll: 80 Percent of Americans Agree With Trump, Want Merit-Based Legal Immigration, Not Chain Migration…

Dem talking points hardest hit.

The overwhelming majority of Americans agree with President Trump’s pro-American immigration agenda, saying that legal immigration to the U.S. should be based on skills and merit, rather than the current system based on family ties.

In a new Harvard-Harris poll, nearly 80 percent of Americans said they believe “immigration priority for those coming to the U.S. should be based on a person’s ability to contribute to America as measured by their education and skills—and not based on a person having relatives in the U.S.”

Currently, the legal immigration system to the U.S. prioritizes foreign nationals who have foreign relatives already living in the country. This process is commonly referred to as “chain migration.” As Breitbart News reported, chain migration has imported more than nine million foreign nationals to the U.S. since 2005 and is on-track to bring at least eight million new foreign voters to the U.S. in the next two decades.

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N.Y. Democrats Unveil Ad Campaign To ‘Replace And Repeal’ Federal Tax Law

Replace and repeal New York taxes first.

Via NY Daily News:

The state Democratic Party — controlled by Gov. Cuomo — unveiled a “replace and repeal” ad campaign tied to the federal tax act.

The announcement came Monday, the same day a federal corruption trial involving former Cuomo confidante and longtime aide Joseph Percoco began.

“New York is going to lead the charge to replace and repeal the GOP tax plan and send a clear message — any Republican who doesn’t take action now will be held accountable come November,” state Democratic Party Executive Director Geoff Berman said.

Cuomo in recent months has been outspoken about the federal tax cut plan hurting high-tax blue states like New York and California by severely restricting the federal deductibility of state and local income and property taxes.

He directed the state Democratic Party to launch an “aggressive” TV and digital media campaign urging the public to pressure Republicans in Congress to replace and repeal it.

In addition to the digital ad placements, people will be able to get email alerts and sign online petitions pushing the repeal and replace effort.

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Poll: Plurality Of Americans Blame Dems For Government Shutdown…

Schumer shutdown.

Via NTK:

The first polling results post-government shutdown are coming in, and political observers will see for the first time who Americans blame for the three-day stoppage of federal funding from January 20 through January 22.

NBC Newsreported on Tuesday that a plurality of voters blame Democrats in Congress:

About 4 in 10 people, or 39 percent, think Democrats in Congress are responsible for the shutdown, which began early Saturday morning after Senate Democrats, citing insufficient progress on negotiations over the fate of young immigrants covered by the DACA program, withheld their support for a deal.

Coming in just below Democrats is President Trump who, blameless or not, some feel wonthe shutdown fight.

Chuck Schumer: “We’re Very Pleased” With Our Government Shutdown

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U.S. Ramps Up Fight Against Taliban With Deployment Of A-10 Warthogs…

I’m sure the Taliban remembers the A-10.

Via BI:

US forces in Afghanistan are deploying a squadron of A-10 “Warthog” ground attack aircraft, the US military said on Tuesday, intensifying an air campaign that saw attacks more than triple in 2017 over the previous year.

The number of US air strikes in Afghanistan has spiked since President Donald Trump took office a year ago though the insurgents have hit back with deadly attacks, including a bloody Taliban raid on a Kabul hotel on the weekend.

The A-10 is returning to Afghanistan for the first time since 2012, with the squadron of 12 aircraft to operate from Kandahar air base in the south, the heartland of the militants fighting to oust the Western-backed government and drive out foreign forces.

US Air Force Major General James Hecker said the A-10s were returning to meet an increased need for close air support in a campaign targeting Taliban revenue sources including drug-producing facilities and in counter-terrorism operations.

Washington Dem Governor Warns State Agencies Not To Help ICE Agents Deport Illegal Immigrants…

The birth of another amnesty state.

15 DACA Recipients Temporarily Block Disneyland Entrance As An Act Of Civil Disobedience

Don’t mess with the mouse.

Via LA Times:

Beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and their allies temporarily blocked a vehicle entrance to Disneyland on Monday, just as the Senate reached an agreement to end the government shutdown brought on in part by a stalemate over the young immigrants’ future.

The DACA recipients, commonly called Dreamers, stood in a crosswalk at South Harbor Boulevard around 10 a.m. and blocked buses from entering the Anaheim theme park. The 15 protesters were quickly removed by law enforcement officers and were relocated to a sidewalk, where they held signs and chanted, “No dream! No deal!”

By 10:40 a.m., the protesters had left the area.

“The group is only about 20 people, who have been peaceful. Disneyland is operating as normal today,” Disneyland spokeswoman Suzi Brown said in an email.[…]

Barbara Hernandez, a 26-year-old DACA recipient from Santa Ana, said protesting in front of Disneyland was symbolic.

“It’s where dreams come true,” she said. “But we’re not on vacation anymore. We’re still waiting for our dreams to come true.”

Hernandez said she knew blocking the street could make traffic worse or cause an inconvenience for people. But disruption, she said, is something the Dreamers have become accustomed to.

“It’s something we go through every day of our lives,” she said. “There is always something blocking us from moving forward.”

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HT: Getaclue

Dem Rep Gutiérrez: I Am ‘Disillusioned’ Democrats Are ‘Caving’

Same guy who caved on the border wall over the weekend.

Monday on MSNBC, Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL) discussed Senate Democrats agreeing to a three-week spending bill that would fund the government until February 8 and said he was “disillusioned” because “they’re caving.”

Gutiérrez said, “I’m disillusioned. I think they’re caving. You know Democrats are pretty good at articulating values, but a little weak on defending them.”

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