The dynamic that catches my interest is how some unknown and unnamed officials inside the FBI apparently kept memos and emails between Lisa Page and Peter Strzok hidden while Inspector General Michael Horowitz was conducting his prior investigation into their conduct during the Clinton email investigation:
[…] Memos the FBI is now producing to the Department of Justice (DOJ) inspector general and multiple Senate and House committees offer what sources involved in the production, review or investigation describe to me as “damning” or “troubling” evidence.
They show Strzok and his counterintelligence team rushing in the fall of 2016 to find “derogatory” information from informants or a “pretext” to accelerate the probe and get a surveillance warrant on figures tied to the future president. (read more)
The motive for releasing them now seems unfortunately related to the current focus of the IG review which is focused on FISA abuse, and the likelihood the DOJ/FBI constructed an intelligence apparatus to target the Trump campaign: ie. “Spygate“.
One could get that impression these are the memos that demonstrated that Strzok wanted to accelerate the anti-Trump Russian collusion investigation as the election approached despite the lack of evidence to support it.
Democrats are more fearful about what 2018 holds than Republicans, according to a poll released early Monday.
The new Axios survey showed 55 percent of Democrats are more hopeful personally about the new year while 44 percent are more fearful.
Among Republicans, 90 percent are more hopeful about 2018, and just 9 percent are more fearful.
When asked about the world in general, 29 percent of Democrats said they are more hopeful, compared to 70 percent who said they are more fearful.
Pollsters found 67 percent of Republicans are more hopeful about the world in general in the new year, and 32 percent are more fearful. ...
While this may just reflect Democrats' anxiety about being out of power, the poll also demonstrates a sense of optimism by Republicans. Except for a few of the never Trumpers, most Republicans have been pleasantly surprised by the accomplishments Trump has put in place in his first year in office. I think that is because Republicans are getting better at filte…
After the report of the hush money payments, Trump's popularity did not drop at all and was already higher than when he was elected. By reimbursing Cohen the money came out of Trump's own pocket and did not come from any campaign funds. It was much more legitimate than the government paying hush money to Congressional staffers who alleged sexual harassment. The John Edwards case also shows the weakness of the charge since his payments actually came out of campaign funds and the jury acquitted him of the charge.
The only voters who care about this are Democrats who didn't vote for him anyway. They care about because it is an excuse f…
I am a retired corporate lawyer and not a psychologist. However, I am close to several people who are and one of my best friends was a senior executive in a psychological testing firm that did work for large corporations around the world. In talking with him about his work he suggested that I take the test and was willing to waive the fee which was substantial. It revealed several things, but one of the more interesting was that I had very low empathy. It is not that I did not care about people, I was just brutally realistic in dealing with problems. He suggested I would have fit in nicely as a triage doctor in an overworked emergency room.
Some of that comes from my experience as an officer in a Marine Corps infantry unit in Vietnam where one has to remain functional and in command when things are happening all around and the unit is experiencing casualties. It also comes from working in a corporate environment where many times tough decisions must be made in a short period of …