Grind for April 12th, 2019
“There cannot be a crisis next week. My schedule is already full.”
– Henry Kissinger
Attorney General to investigate allegations of misconduct by FBI and DOJ during Trump investigation
Attorney General William Barr is preparing to launch an investigation into the ‘other side’ of Robert Mueller’s recently-closed Russia collusion probe – accusations from Republicans that government agencies displayed political bias and broke the law while investigating Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.
“I am reviewing the conduct of the investigation and trying to get my arms around all the aspects of the counterintelligence investigation that was conducted during the summer of 2016,” said Barr during a hearing on Tuesday, adding that he “hoped” to release Robert Mueller’s report “next week.”
During a second hearing Wednesday, Barr said he believed “spying did occur” and said he wanted to make sure there was no “improper surveillance.” He also confirmed he would be working with FBI director Christopher Wray in examining the agency’s counterintelligence investigation into Trump’s presidential campaign.
“That’s great news he’s looking into how this whole thing got started back in 2016,” said Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan. “That’s something that has been really important to us. It’s what we’ve been calling for.”
Central to the investigation is the infamous Steele dossier – and how it was used as related to the Russia investigation and to the FBI’s warrant on Carter Page.
Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-AL) on Tuesday asked Barr: “How it came to be that your agency used a salacious and unverified dossier as a predicate for FISA order on a US citizen?”
Rep. Ilhan Omar criticized for downplaying 9/11
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D) was celebrated by voters throughout the country last year when she was elected to represent the state of Minnesota.
Her victory over GOP challenger Jennifer Zielinkski made her the first Somali-America, the first naturalized citizen from Africa, and the first minority woman from Minnesota to serve in Congress. She is also one of the first two Muslim women to serve in Congress.
But rather than set an example for the minority groups she represents, Ilhan has used the House as a stage to talk tough on Israel. She has also blamed the over-crowding of detention facilities at the US-Mexico border on “white nationalism.”
Democrats responded to her inappropriate comments by introducing a resolution to condemn “anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, racism, and other forms of bigotry.” The resolution passed with a vote of 407 to 23.
“While I voted for this, let’s be honest about what it really is – a deceitful way for Dems to give Omar cover,” said Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R), a former Navy SEAL who lost his right eye while fighting in Afghanistan.
This time, Omar is under fire for anti-American comments related to 9/11.
Speaking at a fundraiser for the Council on American-Muslims Relations (CAIR) last month, Rep. Ilhan Omar described 9/11 as “some people did something.”
CAIR, which is widely believed to be linked with the Palestinian terrorist organization Hamas, is considered a terrorist organization by the UAE.
“Here’s the truth,” said Ilhan, “far too long we have lived with the discomfort of being a second class citizen. And frankly, I’m tired of it, and every single Muslim in this country should be tired of it. CAIR was founded after 9/11 because they recognized that some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties.”
Her comments caused on explosion on Twitter, with Republicans demanding accountability from the party Ilhan represents.
“Every Democrat should be asked by the media if they disavow Ilhan’s statements,” tweeted Andrew Pollack, whose child was killed in the Parkland high school shooting last year.
“Ilhan Omar isn’t just anti-Semitic, she’s anti-American,” tweeted GOP Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel. “Nearly 3,000 Americans lost their lives to Islamic terrorists on 9/11, yet Omar dimities it as: ‘Some people did something.’ Democrat leaders need to condemn her brazen display of disrespect.”
“First Member of Congress to ever describe terrorists who killed thousands of Americans on 9/11 as ‘some people who did something,'” tweeted Rep. Crenshaw. “Unbelievable.”
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