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… There is a Crying Need for a Special Prosecutor [#BenghaziGate]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Thursday,November 12th,2015

.. especially considering the fact of intimidation [the video maker] , electoral fraud [the ObamaCraps] , and a coverup [the whole scheme] and misfeasance [the lack of preparation for security at Benghazi]…

.. there is the severe crying need for a Special Prosecutor [preferably an Independent Counsel] for BenghaziGate . It is past time . Long Past Time …

.. [h/t — LegalInsurrection.com]..
.. [link] to the blog post …

.. the sum of the whole situation regarding BenghaziGate calls for taking the possibility of any criminal investigation out of the hands of the ObamaCrap Department of InJustice . It needs to be better placed in the hands of an Independent Counsel . An I.C. could far more easily resist the entreaties of the potential monkeyshines coming out of the ObamaCrap White House ..

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… Now This ?!?! [#WS GAB][#IRSGate]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Wednesday,July 22nd,2015

.. e – mails between Lois Lerner and Kevin Kennedy , the director of Wisconsin Governmental Accountability Board [G.A.B.] reveal acts of co – ordination between the IRS official and the G.A.B. …

.. it now connects into Wisconsin politics . Wisconsin has a peculiar law [called the ” John Doe ” law] that allows prosecutors to conduct secret investigations into targets without their knowledge . It gets worse . The ” John Doe ” law does not allow the targets , once they find out about the investigation [and its demands] to either publically comment on the investigation , or to engage a defense counse in order to defend themselves . That is bad , but it gets worse ..

.. [h/t — Newsmax.com]..
.. [link] to the blog post ..

.. THE GAB ‘ s goverening board [composed of 7 unelected judges] voted to not allow the Director and the staff to not co – operate with the various John Doe inquiries . yet the Direct and the staff did so anyway …

.. things are bad enough , and it calls for , to be honest , it cries out for a federal investigation and the appointment of a special prosecutor . Bet yet , it should call for the appointment of an Independent Counsel ..

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… It Really gets Infuriating [the ” Plame ” Leak] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Friday,June 6th,2014

.. especially the way that people in George W. Bush ‘ s White House were tarred and feathered by the media …. even now ..

.. may God Bless Robert Novak . He was one of the best columnists that I ever have followed (ever since high school) . Unfortunately , he was taken from us much too soon , due to a brain tumor in 2009 . Novak should know . He was the columnist who originally reported the leak . He knew who was his source . He was the best , and he protected his source . You know that he would …

.. [h/t — m.Newsbusters.org]..

.. [link] to the column ..

.. just so you know about the accurate reporting of the resolution of the leak investigation , at least where it regarded Novak , I am going to reprint in full his 2006 column outing the leaker . The leaker [Armitage] had already been outed , courtesy of a book written several months before by Michael ” Spikey ” Isikoff and David ” Lunatic ” Corn  …

When Richard Armitage finally acknowledged last week that he was my source three years ago in revealing Valerie Plame Wilson as a CIA employee, the former deputy secretary of state’s interviews obscured what he really did. I want to set the record straight based on firsthand knowledge.

First, Armitage did not, as he now indicates, merely pass on something he had heard and that he “thought” might be so. Rather, he identified to me the CIA division where Mrs. Wilson worked and said flatly that she recommended the mission to Niger by her husband, former ambassador Joseph Wilson. Second, Armitage did not slip me this information as idle chitchat, as he now suggests. He made clear that he considered it especially suited for my column.

An accurate depiction of what Armitage actually said deepens the irony of his being my source. He was a foremost internal skeptic of the administration’s war policy, and I had long opposed military intervention in Iraq. Zealous foes of George W. Bush transformed me, improbably, into the president’s lapdog. But they cannot fit Armitage into the left-wing fantasy of a well-crafted White House conspiracy to destroy Joe and Valerie Wilson. The news that he, and not Karl Rove, was the leaker was devastating for the left.

A peculiar convergence had joined Armitage and me on the same historic path. During his quarter of a century in Washington, I had had no contact with Armitage before our fateful interview. I tried to see him in the first 2 1/2 years of the Bush administration, but he rebuffed me — summarily and with disdain, I thought.

Then, without explanation, in June 2003, Armitage’s office said the deputy secretary would see me. This was two weeks before Joe Wilson outed himself as author of a 2002 report for the CIA debunking Iraqi interest in buying uranium in Africa.

I sat down with Armitage in his State Department office the afternoon of July 8 with tacit rather than explicit ground rules: deep background with nothing said attributed to Armitage or even to an anonymous State Department official. Consequently, I refused to identify Armitage as my leaker until his admission was forced by “Hubris,” a new book by reporters Michael Isikoff and David Corn that absolutely identified him.

Late in my hour-long interview with Armitage, I asked why the CIA had sent Wilson — who lacked intelligence experience, nuclear policy expertise or recent contact with Niger — on the African mission. He told The Post last week that his answer was: “I don’t know, but I think his wife worked out there.”

Neither of us took notes, and nobody else was present. But I recalled our conversation that week in writing a column, while Armitage reconstructed it months later for federal prosecutors. He had told me unequivocally that Mrs. Wilson worked in the CIA’s Counterproliferation Division and that she had suggested her husband’s mission. As for his current implication that he never expected this to be published, he noted that the story of Mrs. Wilson’s role fit the style of the old Evans-Novak column — implying to me that it continued reporting Washington inside information.

Valerie Plame Wilson’s name appeared in my column July 14, 2003, but it was not until Oct. 1 that I was contacted about it by Armitage, indirectly. Washington lobbyist Kenneth Duberstein, Armitage’s close friend and political adviser, called me to say that the deputy secretary feared he had “inadvertently” (the word Armitage used in last week’s interviews) disclosed Mrs. Wilson’s identity to me in July and was considering resignation. (Duberstein’s phone call was disclosed in the Isikoff-Corn book, which used Duberstein as a source. They reported that Duberstein was responsible for arranging my unexpected interview with Armitage.)

Duberstein told me Armitage wanted to know whether he was my source. I did not reply because I was sure that Armitage knew he was the source. I believed he contacted me Oct. 1 because of news the weekend of Sept. 27-28 that the Justice Department was investigating the leak. I cannot credit Armitage’s current claim that he realized he was the source only when my Oct. 1 column revealed that the official who gave me the information was “no partisan gunslinger.”

Armitage’s silence for the next 2 1/2 years caused intense pain for his colleagues in government and enabled partisan Democrats in Congress to falsely accuse Rove of being my primary source. When Armitage now says he was mute because of special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald’s request, that does not explain his silent three months between his claimed first realization that he was the source and Fitzgerald’s appointment on Dec. 30, 2003. Armitage’s tardy self-disclosure is tainted because it is deceptive.

… LEC again …

.. I still wonder why : why Dubya did not pardon Scooter Libby , and why he did not fire Patrick Fitzgerald …. as to Libby , he was grossly mistargeted . He had no business being picked on the way that he was by the special prosecutor . Once Fitzgerald knew who the leaker was [Richard Armitage , Colin Powell ‘ s deputy at the time] , that was it . The investigation was over

… As to Fitzgerald , he grossly abused his power . He carried on with the investigation for far longer a period of time and for far broader a latitude of scope than should have been allowed . It was not the absolutely gross abuse of power that Lawrence Walsh pulled in his father ‘ s time , but it was damn close . Dubya should have shut Fitz down , effectively , by pardoning Libby , Rove , and the other parties in the probe . That would shut Fitz down without having to fire him , which I think he should have done anyway …

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… on Judge Lawrence Walsh …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Sunday,March 30th,2014

.. I got the uptake on his passing from TAS . He passed away a couple of days ago at the age of 102 …

.. yes , he was a federal district court judge , but the bigger and far more notorious claim to fame was as the Independent Counsel in the Iran – Contra case …

.. [h/t — TAS]..
.. [link] to Professor Paul Kengor ‘ s blog post . This guy is a History professor at Grove City College , and is a stout and strong willed conservative educator …

.. Judge Walsh clearly had it in for the GOP . You can understand that retired Lt. Colonel Ollie North and the late Admiral John Poindexter did some very wrong and very bad things . I do , and I was very pissed at Ollie North for a number of years . Onething that helped me get over it was that the two of them both were screwed over by the system in the Iran – Contra investigation , in particular the games played by Judge Walsh and his I.C. staff …

.. also , it is clear now , as it was then , that Judge Walsh had it in for both Ronald Reagan and for George H. W. Bush . Reagan in particular was suffereing from the effects of Alzheimer ‘ s Disease . Walsh and his team had to recognize the symptoms of it , and took gross liberties with a very , very ill man .

.. also , the stunt that Professor Kengor tells us about what Judge Bill Clark told him about his conversations with Walsh eventually made its way to Papa Bush . I do not believe that Bush 41 would have pardoned Cap Weinberger and the others without the game – playing …

.. one has to figure that Walsh ‘ s stunt at the dawn of the 1992 Presidential Election also had something to do with the pardons . Walsh and his team had no business , none , playing games with a presidential election the way that they did . I believe that Bush 41 would have won the election , most certainly in the Electoral College , with the progress that he was making on the campaign trail. The Election Eve indictments changed all of that , that is for sure …

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… Politicized Justice is …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Thursday,January 23rd,2014

.. no justice at all .

.. it harms our Constitution , our country , and our citizens .

.. when people abuse the organs of government for their own ends , and they tamper with the rights and freedoms of others .

.. Government prosecutors do have the right to set priorities to maximize the use of scarce resources . What they do not have the right to do is the refusal to enforce the body of law as a whole . Especially when and where prosecution for misconduct is called for .

.. These groups formed and applied for tax – exempt status . They thus created a IRS tax file . These files are not to be misused or abused , especially for misuse for political purposes . I am a C.P.A. , albeit on the bench . I have practiced before the service , and misuse of these files is a felony .

.. It is clear that these files have been misused . Investigation is called for , and the appointment of a Special Prosecutor or an Independent Counsel is called for ..

.. here is another opinion , from Judge Jeanine Pirro on her ” Opening Statement ” on her show ” Justice w. ” earlier this month ….

.. [h/t FoxNewsInsider]

.. [link] to the video segment ..

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