Thursday 21 June 2018
Photo: Former Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland; the regrettably filthy-mouthed woman at State who turns out to have received Christopher Steele, he of the notorious dossier, at a State Dept briefing in October of 2016. *See: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-26079957
JOHN BATCHELOR SHOW
Co-host: Thaddeus McCotter, WJR, The Great Voice of the Great Lakes.
Thursday 21 June 2018 / Hour 1, Block A: David Drucker, Senior Congressional correspondent, Washington Examiner; in re: Immigration bills. Credit to House moderates who threatened to discharge the petition. Only way to kill it was to promise: We’ll give you a vote on a bill that’s been crafted by all sides.
Thursday 21 June 2018 / Hour 1, Block B: Christian Whiton, former senior advisor in Trump and Bush administrations; author, Smart Power: Between Diplomacy and War; (@ChristianWhiton), in re: China – trade wars ‘twixt China and the US. China never met a demand on IP that it felt obliged to honor. Can Donald Trump do anything about it? Yes – they . . . [In at least one instance?] US has a 2.5% tariff where China has a 250% tariff . . . Trump knows that we have all the ammo and leverage and finally has started to use them. . . . Go break out the Sun Tzu: who has the dominance, holds all the cards? The US. China has all that bad debt, empty cities, cash thrown at Central Asia for dubious project, yean declining, stock market not good. US growing rapidly. I hope that for their own sake they're reconsidering some of this. They’re well in to a recession – borrowed too much, credit is no good. Their reports of 6.7, 6.6, 6.5% growth [all bogus]. Their system depends on the US playing the patsy. Eke Canada. Trump says, “Lets get rid of all tariffs – go to zero al around. Met with a long silence. China has stolen trillions of dollars’ worth of IP and technology. US capital, since 2001, more than $4 trillion has gone to China [one way?).
Thursday 21 June 2018 / Hour 1, Block C: Victor Davis Hanson, senior Fellow, Hoover Institution; in re: Hillary Clinton used insecure comms, incl while in Russia. Horowitz report Why did State & Pres Obama feel free to do this? How could Comey . . . Answer: they bet on the wrong horse. What explains Mrs Clinton’s casting a spell on the Democrats? Under Obama:; James Clapper lied to Congress under oath. John Brennan lied under oath twice; ___ was censored twice by Congress, Lois Lerner faces no consequences. The same apparatus that believed Mrs C would win is still in place, working unseat Pres Trump now by impeachment, in polls – anything. . . . Trump has an animal cunning, understood he minds of North Koreans, Chinese, others Saw that Obama had repressed the animal spirits of the economy; Trump [opened up a ] boom. / . . Once you accept that the ends justify the means, there are no limits left, nothing is safe. They [Democrats] see themselves as the educated, the good, the natural leaders. . . . Will it get worse? Yes. They may not prevail, but the acrimony gets worse.
Thursday 21 June 2018 / Hour 1, Block D: Chuck Ross, Daily Caller, in re: Russiagate. The notorious Steele dossier was in DC in Oct 2016 visiting State Dept and the notorious* Victoria Nuland. Presumably, with his dossier in his pocket. Sent Intell Cee yesterday, chairman said State visitors’ logs revealed this. Steele working for Fusion GPS and Clinton campaign. The month before the election was a frenzy of releases and leaks; what day did Steele give this briefing and why did he? Now Nuland claims “I actively avoided that briefing,” and the immediate said, “I didn't know about that meeting.” . . .
*See: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-26079957 In the midst of a conversation Nuland had in Ukraine on a commercial mobile phone, unencrypted, Nuland spat out a deeply vulgar castigation which the Russians, with much amusement, released for the world to hear. . . . “Nuland: OK. He's now gotten both Serry and [UN Secretary General] Ban Ki-moon to agree that Serry could come in Monday or Tuesday. So that would be great, I think, to help glue this thing and to have the UN help glue it and, you know, fuck the EU.” --said publicly the representative of all America citizens.
Thursday 21 June 2018 / Hour 2, Block A: Dr Sebastian Gorka, national security strategist, Fox News, in re: The return of the remains of 250 service members, which have been in DPRK since the 1953 armistice. This is a major turn for the Korean war. We lost 5,300 MIA there. I was at he summit in Singapore last week and now in the newspapers it's as though it never occurred. . . .
Thursday 21 June 2018 / Hour 2, Block B: Dr Sebastian Gorka, national security strategist, Fox News, in re: John Bolton on his way to Moscow [to prepare for a Trump-Putin meeting?]. Men and women who led the shoddy and inconclusive investigation of the Clinton email matter were the same who led the investigation into the purported Russian intrusion into the Trump campaign. Why did the counterintel investigation begin? He 550 pages are a treasure trove on how corrupt the FBI and DOJ became under the Obama administration. The real scandal is creating behind closed doors a cadre of political police who undermined one investigation (Clinton) and also undermine the other party’s candidate. Strzok, at the center of al this, was walked out of the Hoover bldg only on June 15! He still is on the govt payroll. A persistent lack of leadership, even under Christopher Wray.
Thursday 21 June 2018 / Hour 2, Block C: Andrew C McCarthy, III, National Review, and The McCarthy report; former Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York; and now a podcaster at NRO; in re: Horowitz report: even though he found immense evidence of political bias (anti-Trump, pro-Clinton) couldn’t find that it was driven by bias because of broad executive discretion, and the nee only to prove that one is rational. Must find that they were exercising heir broad discretion in an unbiased manner. If so, then how can hey investigate Trump for obstruction, as the president clearly as more discretion than the FBI does. He was making decisions well within his legally defined [jurisdiction]. . . . Gen Flynn: President has as much prosecutorial discretion as does any of his inferiors. President has the right to decide if he’s suffered as much [opprobrium] as he ought.
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NATIONAL REVIEW: The IG Report Should End Mueller’s Obstruction Investigation By ANDREW C. MCCARTHY June 21, 2018 / The same logic that spared FBI and Justice Department officials harsher treatment in Michael Horowitz’s report should inoculate the president. While generally cautious about criticizing Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report on the Clinton-emails investigation, Trump supporters have taken aim at its chief logical flaw: Although key investigators harbored anti-Trump and pro-Clinton bias, and even made statements indicating an intention to act on that bias, the IG did not find that this bias was the proximate cause of any particular investigative decision. This conclusion is easy to rebut; I did so myself in a column last week. Yet, the Trump camp should also be embracing it. Why? Because if this is the Justice Department’s position, then Special Counsel Robert Mueller has no business investigating the president for obstruction . . . https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/06/mueller-investigation-obstruction...
Thursday 21 June 2018 / Hour 2, Block D: Andrew C McCarthy, III, National Review, and The McCarthy report; former Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York; and now a podcaster at NRO; in re:
Thursday 21 June 2018 / Hour 3, Block A: Robert Zimmerman, BehindtheBlack.com, in re: Chinese space program. The dust storm covering all of Mars; et al. (1 of 2)
Thursday 21 June 2018 / Hour 3, Block B: Robert Zimmerman, BehindtheBlack.com, in re: Chinese space program. The dust storm covering all of Mars; et al. (2 of 2)
Thursday 21 June 2018 / Hour 3, Block C: A Spy Named Orphan: The Enigma of Donald Maclean, by Roland Philipps
Thursday 21 June 2018 / Hour 3, Block D: A Spy Named Orphan: The Enigma of Donald Maclean, by Roland Philipps
Thursday 21 June 2018 / Hour 4, Block A: You Are Not Forgotten: The Story of a Lost World War II Pilot and a Twenty-First-Century Soldier's Mission to Bring Him Home, by Bryan Bender
Thursday 21 June 2018 / Hour 4, Block B: You Are Not Forgotten: The Story of a Lost World War II Pilot and a Twenty-First-Century Soldier's Mission to Bring Him Home, by Bryan Bender
Thursday 21 June 2018 / Hour 4, Block C: Richard A Epstein Chicago Law, NYU Law, Hoover Institution, in re: Sexual harassment (1 of 2)
Thursday 21 June 2018 / Hour 4, Block D: Richard A Epstein Chicago Law, NYU Law, Hoover Institution, in re: Sexual harassment (2 of 2)
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