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29 January 2021

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Barbara Ann

Oh, but you who philosophize disgrace and criticize all fears
Bury the rag deep in your face
For now’s the time for your tears

Deap

Do we dare dream Clinesmith got off lightly because he became a material witness against the rest of the crooks? Or am I still living off Durham-Barr fumes.

His punishment should be at least as long as he destroyed Carter Page's life, career and reputation. He was not stressed from overwork: his comments proved he loved every minute being part of this illegal anti-Trump deep state cabal.

Fire him and strip him of his pension would be another good place to start; and to send a message. If you choose civil service, you are required to be civil and of service to the public; not your own partisan agenda.

Deap

If you want to screw someone over, like Clinesmith screwed over Carter Page, go work on Wall Street and take your chances running with the wolves. But don't intentionally screw people over, on the taxpayer's dime.

JohninMK

As I believe General Flynn said "its a justus system not justice".

Fred

They are all corrupt and the Republic we were raised to live in no longer exists. On another note Nancy Pelosi, usings Alinsky's law, says her political opponents in the House are issuing threats of violence:
https://apnews.com/article/pelosi-congress-threats-e58280d2ca125f45f280cbd514078543

I'm sure we won't have to wait long to see what Bernie Bro James Hodgkinson's imitators in action - against the same political party of course. Thanks for bringing us together Speaker Pelosi, and President Biden.

sbin

Barr and Dunham did exactly what they were told.
Run out the clock and tie up lose ends.
Charged a nobody and slapped him on the wrist.
No attempt to even hide the corruption any longer.
DC scum are wise to build the blue zone in the capital.
They will soon be as welcome as the vermin hiding in Iraq green zone.

blue peacock

This was to be expected. Remember all this took place under the Trump administration. No Swamp was drained during his term. The buck stops at his desk.

TV

Blue Peacock is right.
While Trump did save us from 4 years of the Clinton crime family and did implement several needed and positive policies, his lack of any management skills and shallow megalomania never came close to even taming the swamp much less draining it.
He is all bark, no bite.

Keith Harbaugh

Per Fox News, we have the following remarks from Judge Boasberg:

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"[Clinesmith] lost his job, and his government service is what has given his life much of its meaning,"
Boasberg said Friday.
"He was also earning $150,000 a year and who knows where the earnings go now.
He may [!!!!] be disbarred or suspended from the practice of law, you may never be able to work in the national security field again.
These are substantial penalties."

Boasberg added:
"What is more, he went from being an obscure career government lawyer to standing in the eye of a media hurricane.
He has been threatened, vilified and abused on a nationwide scale."

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https://www.foxnews.com/politics/fbi-lawyer-kevin-clinesmith-sentenced-john-durham-probe

Anybody notice a difference in the way Judge Boasberg handled the sentencing of Clinesmith
and the way Judge Sullivan handled the sentencing of General Flynn?

Keith Harbaugh

Not concerning Clinesmith, but discussing legal matters that might interest Mr. Willmann, and readers of this column:

[John Paul] Mac Isaac has filed a lawsuit against Twitter for defaming him:

"John Paul Mac Isaac’s lawsuit alleges Twitter defamed him by labeling him a hacker
in an attempt to justify its censorship of The New York Post’s bombshell story exposing the younger Biden selling access to his father."
By Margot Cleveland
https://thefederalist.com/2020/12/30/hunter-biden-laptop-lawsuit-gives-twitter-unpleasant-legal-choices/

I am cross-posting this comment to both Larry Johnson and Robert Willmann's posts as it would seem of interest to each of them, and their readers.

Also of interest may be this other Margot Cleveland column:
https://thefederalist.com/2021/01/25/parler-lost-its-first-legal-battle-heres-why-it-will-probably-lose-the-next/
"Governing legal precedent makes it unlikely anyone seeking to challenge a deplatforming decision will ever succeed in court."

Deap

Boasberg missed the entire point when comparing "punishment" Clinesmith was already facing - Clinesmith clearly and intentionally committed a crime, knowing full well he was choosing everyone of those consequences.

He chose to be a sworn member of the bar, by his own voluntary choice. He knew what his duties and obligations were as a member of the court., which he alone chose to violate.

Was he surprised as a sworn judicial officer that the law applied to him? It was an intended consequence to lose this job and his license to practice law; loss of both was not punishment. It was his voluntary choice. He hated Trump enough to not care about these highly predictable consequences.

Carter Page suffered far more egregiously, and was always innocent. Judge Boasberg is a total partisan jerk and should be impeached yesterday.

Meanwhile on another note, feds finally forced by courts to make Seth Rich files public. Will they, or have they been tampered with already?

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