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Demoted DOJ Official’s Wife Worked for Fusion GPS During the 2016 Election

The Obama administration undoubtedly used the fake dossier to manipulate the FISA court into granting his DOJ a warrant to spy on Trump and his campaign members…

James Rosen @ FOX News EXCLUSIVE Report: Wife of demoted DOJ official worked for firm behind anti-Trump dossier

A senior Justice Department official demoted last week for concealing his meetings with the men behind the anti-Trump “dossier” had even closer ties to Fusion GPS, the firm responsible for the incendiary document, than have been disclosed, Fox News has confirmed: The official’s wife worked for Fusion GPS during the 2016 election.

Contacted by Fox News, investigators for the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) confirmed that Nellie H. Ohr, wife of the demoted official, Bruce G. Ohr, worked for the opposition research firm last year. The precise nature of Mrs. Ohr’s duties – including whether she worked on the dossier – remains unclear but a review of her published works available online reveals Mrs. Ohr has written extensively on Russia-related subjects. HPSCI staff confirmed to Fox News that she was paid by Fusion GPS through the summer and fall of 2016.

Fusion GPS has attracted scrutiny because Republican lawmakers have spent the better part of this year investigating whether the dossier, which was funded by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee, served as the basis for the Justice Department and the FBI to obtain FISA surveillance last year on a Trump campaign adviser named Carter Page.

“The House Intelligence Committee,” Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., told Fox News in a statement on Monday, “is looking into all facets of the connections between the Department of Justice and Fusion GPS, including Mr. Ohr.”

Until Dec. 6, when Fox News began making inquiries about him, Bruce Ohr held two titles at DOJ. He was, and remains, director of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force; but his other job was far more senior. Mr. Ohr held the rank of associate deputy attorney general, a post that gave him an office four doors down from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. The day before Fox News reported that Mr. Ohr held his secret meetings last year with the founder of Fusion GPS, Glenn Simpson, and with Christopher Steele, the former British spy who compiled the dossier, the Justice Department stripped Ohr of his deputy title and ousted him from his fourth floor office at the building that DOJ insiders call “Main Justice.”

DOJ officials have provided no public explanation for Ohr’s demotion. They told Fox News his wearing of two hats was “unusual,” but later confirmed Ohr had withheld his contacts with the Fusion GPS men from colleagues at the DOJ.

Former FBI Director James Comey has described the dossier as a compendium of “salacious and unverified” allegations about then-candidate Donald Trump and his associates, including Page, a foreign policy adviser. The dossier was provided to the FBI in July 2016, shortly before then-candidate Donald Trump accepted the Republican presidential nomination. As Comey later testified, it was in that same month that the FBI began a counterintelligence probe of alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.

The disclosure by Fox News that Bruce Ohr met with Simpson and Steele last year expanded the reach of the dossier’s creators from the FBI into the top echelons of the Justice Department. Initial investigation suggested that Steele, a longtime FBI informant whose contacts with Mr. Ohr are said to date back a decade, might have played the central role in putting Simpson together with the associate deputy attorney general. Now, the revelation that Mrs. Ohr worked for Simpson calls that account into question.

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BREAKING/DEVELOPING: Apparent Early Morning Rush Suicide Bomber Terrorist Attack in NYC – UPDATES

Editor’s note: This post will be updated.

Suicide bomber strikes New York City at rush hour

An explosion was felt Monday morning in the Subway station underneath the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan … Suspect ‘wearing wires’ is taken into custody after blast near Times Square prompts evacuation of major Manhattan transport hub

NYPD has shutdown major arteries coming into and out of the city.

FOX News reporting a photograph now circulating of a “dark-haired man in his mid-late 20s on the ground with his shirt off and charred blackness on his torso region” indicating he was possibly a failed suicide bomber. So far reports are a few people were injured, one of which is the bomber and he is in NY police custody.

NYC explosion: Can’t continue with laisse-faire attitude, Kallstrom says: Former FBI Assistant Director James Kallstrom on the NYPD looking into reports of an explosion near Times Square.

UPDATES:

Port Authority Blast Suspect Identified As Akayed Ullah, Is From Bangladesh And Lived In Brooklyn

Ace: “Port Authority Terrorist Came to US on Immigrant Visa Under Obama … By the way, 40 minutes after another terrorist attack committed by an immigrant in the media’s world capital city (NYC), CNN was back to covering the real news: Donny Two-Scoops’ alleged overconsumption of Diet Coke.”

Guess what alarm was sounded on MSNBC after terrorist detonated bomb in NYC

ISIS Message Two Weeks Ago Warned About ‘Christmas in New York’

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Not Before My Morning Coffee: 12-11-17

Good Monday morning, fellow Spectators!
Just two weeks until Christmas! Git`er done!

Some stocking-stuffer headlines…

Blinded Me With Science:

Solar eclipse damage to woman’s eye revealed in striking images … Weeks and days and hours and during the solar event people were continually warned about naked-eye and sunglasses viewing of the solar eclipse not being in anyway safe for even the briefest moment. I’m sure she’s not the only one who suffered eye damage from this. And in looking for this particular story discovered it has happened in past solar eclipses. People never learn. Hey, who ya gonna sue over this, huh?

A grocery store is selling pitless avocados to prevent people from getting ‘avocado hand’ injuries … Millennial snowflakes need safe food. *smh*

The aftershocks of North Korea’s nuclear test … “Why are aftershocks still happening?” And the NorK nuke test site is on a mountain very near an active volcano and scientists/ geologist are beginning to fear the nuke tests might trigger a volcanic eruption. Mmmkay, cool, huh?

New spacesuits have ‘take me home’ button … Duh! It should’ve been done long before now!

How to Build a City on the Moon: Andy Weir, author of The Martian, explains the real science behind the moon city in his new book Artemis. … Radiation the biggest factor.

Voyager 1 just fired up some thrusters for the first time in 37 years: The only human-made object outside our solar system is still alive and kickin’.“Vger!”

NASA’s oldest Mars rover survives another harsh winter: “Relying on solar energy for Opportunity keeps us constantly aware of the season on Mars and the terrain that the rover is on, more than for Curiosity,” NASA scientist Jennifer Herman said. … Technology!

This morning’s NBMMC brought to you by…

Geminid Meteor Shower Peaks This Week! How to See Year’s Best Meteor Display

Go out and make it a great start to a new week, Spectators!

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Mueller’s Dying Russia Collusion Investigation Would Be Laughable, Were It Not So Dangerous to the FBI

(Michael P. Ramirez)

DC: From A Legal Perspective, Mueller’s Investigation Is Dead. Here’s Why

Under federal law, a prosecutor is required “to disclose exculpatory and impeachment information to criminal defendants and to seek a just result in every case.” Specifically, pursuant to Giglio v. United States, prosecutors are obligated to provide defendants with impeachment evidence, which includes, according to the DOJ’s guidelines, evidence of a witness’s biases, “[a]nimosity toward defendant,” or “[a]nimosity toward a group of which the defendant is a member or with which the defendant is affiliated.”

As a result, in any prosecution brought by Mueller against a Republican target, defense counsel would be entitled under the Constitution to all evidence in the government’s possession relevant to exploring the apparent biases of FBI agent Peter Strzok and his animosity toward Trump and the Republican Party. This, in and of itself, could be a case-killer because it is very unlikely that Mueller or the DOJ would want defense counsel poring through all the records and documents, emails, and texts in the DOJ’s and Strzok’s possession revealing the agent’s biases since this could fatally undermine any other cases or investigations the agent has worked on—such as the FBI’s decision to recommend charging General Flynn with lying to federal agents even though Hillary Clinton’s besties, Cheryl Mills and Huma Abedin, were given a free pass despite apparently doing the same thing.

To expose the agent’s biases, defense counsel would have the opportunity to cross-examine the agent and his apparent mistress, an FBI lawyer who also worked on Mueller’s investigation and the Clinton email probe, about their exchanged messages showing support for Clinton and hostility to Trump. Additionally, the agent’s wife, a high-profile attorney at another federal agency, apparently was a member of several pro-Obama and pro-Clinton Facebook groups and is a follower of a Facebook page called “We Voted for Hillary.”

One can only imagine the fun that an aggressive defense attorney would have shredding Strzok’s credibility by grilling him to see if he shared his wife’s posted political views.

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In short, Mueller’s anti-Trump investigation is effectively dead (unless his targets’ lawyers are nincompoops). And, ironically, this is all the fault of Strzok and his mistress who wanted to help “Crooked Hillary” and target Trump. How do you like ‘dem apples?

HotAir: Robert Mueller has got some explaining to do

Enough has been disclosed in recent weeks that would create doubts about the objectivity and honesty of Mueller’s Russia investigation…

Because even the slightest hint of partisan impropriety could have a disqualifying effect on the investigation, Mueller has got some explaining to do — what he knows about bias in his organization, when he knew about it, and what he plans to do to fix the problem and correct the discrediting optics.

Ace @ AoSHQ: “Another Member of Mueller’s Deep State All-Stars Defended the Hillary IT Aide Who Destroyed Her Blackberries (Federal Evidence) with a Hammer”

Andrew C. McCarthy: Did the DOJ Misuse the Steele Dossier — to Spy on the Trump Campaign?

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Case Closed: FBI says Sessions didn’t have to reveal Russia talks

David Brock May Be Illegally Funding An Effort To Impeach Trump

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Rotten Fruit and #FakeNews: The Day CNN Breathlessly Slobbered a “Bombshell” and Nuked Itself … Again

CNN? “The most trusted name in news”? The above video is but a couple short weeks old and was meant to counter Donald Trump’s, his administration’s and the American people’s claims of #FakeNews against CNN and other MSM/ news outlets. Oh, how that has blown-up in their faces as well…

We realize the agenda-driven, leftist MSM is still in a state of shock one full year after their empress Hillary Clinton was denied what had been Barack Obama’s throne. And even far worse the MSM has had to deal with the fact only a small percentage of still willfully ignorant people still trust them. The politicians have lost power over the people. The MSM has lost even more power over them as well.

As soon as the 2016 election was concluded and Donald Trump was verified as the 45th POTUS the MSM and news agencies began putting out oath-like statements that from that moment on they would be doing heroic duty to ask the tough questions, be a watchdog on this new POTUS and his administration, and make it their one and only priority to report it all to the American people.

Really? Well, I guess after the previous eight years of picking lint out of their orifices when they weren’t acting like a rock star’s naked groupie and/ or head cheerleader for Barack Obama and all those who surrounded him and his celestial halo they were well-rested and looking for some action. The problem is more than ever the MSM has become the news, and mostly for hyping non-stories and spinning #FakeNews (if not making it up themselves.)

The problem is that as irresponsible as we determined the MSM was during Obama’s eight years in office, they have gotten far-far worse over this last year with Pres. Trump in office. They have thrown away any perception of real honest and responsible journalism and reporting, and have accepted the banner of complete propagandists jumping in their newsrooms around each others’ desks and computer screens over every vague and inaccurate crumb thrown their way. They have, if possible, become even more lazy, shiftless and deceptive, intentionally so (via

Friday was one of the most embarrassing days for the U.S. media in quite a long time. The humiliation orgy was kicked off by CNN, with MSNBC and CBS close behind, with countless pundits, commentators and operatives joining the party throughout the day. By the end of the day, it was clear that several of the nation’s largest and most influential news outlets had spread an explosive but completely false news story to millions of people, while refusing to provide any explanation of how it happened.

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How did CNN end up aggressively hyping such a spectacularly false story? They refuse to say. Many hours after their story got exposed as false, the journalist who originally presented it, Congressional reporter Manu Raju, finally posted a tweet noting the correction. CNN’s PR Department then claimed that “multiple sources” had provided CNN with the false date. And Raju went on CNN, in muted tones, to note the correction, explicitly claiming that “two sources” had each given him the false date on the email, while also making clear that CNN did not ever even see the email, but only had sources describe its purported contents…

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All of this prompts the glaring, obvious, and critical question – one which CNN refuses to address: how did “multiple sources” all misread the date on this document, in exactly the same way, and toward the same end, and then feed this false information to CNN?

It is, of course, completely plausible that one source might innocently misread a date on a document. But how is it remotely plausible that multiple sources could all innocently and in good faith misread the date in exactly the same way, all to cause to be disseminated a blockbuster revelation about Trump/Russia/WikiLeaks collusion? This is the critical question that CNN simply refuses to answer. In other words, CNN refuses to provide the most minimal transparency to enable the public to understand what happened here…

They have embraced the obvious irresponsibility and are now either in denial or are intentionally deceiving the American public that they claim to be serving. No, that’s just a throwaway promotional tool now. CNN and the other MSM outlets have declared war on Trump and the American people who voted for him, and will stop at nothing to regain manipulation power and control over the American people who have told them to go pound sand….

It’s hard to quantify exactly how many people were deceived – filled with false news and propaganda – by the CNN story. But thanks to Democratic-loyal journalists and operatives who decree every Trump/Russia claim to be true without seeing any evidence, it’s certainly safe to say that many hundreds of thousands of people, almost certainly millions, were exposed to these false claims.

Surely anyone who has any minimal concerns about journalistic accuracy – which would presumably include all the people who have spent the last year lamenting Fake News, propaganda, Twitter bots and the like – would demand an accounting as to how a major U.S. media outlet ended up filling so many people’s brains with totally false news. That alone should prompt demands from CNN for an explanation about what happened here. No Russian Facebook ad or Twitter bot could possibly have anywhere near the impact as this CNN story had when it comes to deceiving people with blatantly inaccurate information.

There is so much more in the above column by Glenn Greenwald. Read the whole thing.

What is very undeniable right now is that the MSM is infected with a self-inflicted disease and they are dying right before our eyes…

It is becoming clear the MSM has no intentions of healing themselves of this sickness.

Here’s Michael Walsh @ PJM: The End of Media History and the Last Honest Man

Ever since postwar American journalism sacrificed its soul on the altar of celebrity sometime in the mid-’80s, a terrible day of reckoning for the craft has been in the works. The “gets” and the gotchas, the “how do you respond to” questions, the how-do-you-feels; the unseemly scrums, the willingness to endure any humiliation from their betters in the hopes of basking, however fleetingly, in reflected glory — that day finally arrived this week with a series of unforced errors that has stripped bare the profession’s pretenses to objectivity and truth-seeking, and exposed them for the tawdry, politicized whores they really are.

Harsh words, perhaps, but the truth hurts.

The most recent spate of self-inflicted media disasters is not the end but the beginning — of the media’s end. Brian Ross should have not been taken off the Trump beat by ABC, but should have been fired outright for incompetence in his eagerness to further tarnish Michael Flynn. News reports that the Grand Inquisitor, Robert Mueller, had subpoenaed Trump family records from Deutsche Bank turned out to be false. Most egregious of all was the CNN cock-up in which one of its reporters rushed on the air with an anonymously sourced “scoop” that turned out to be the biggest nothingburger yet served up by Jeff Zucker’s hell’s kitchen of mis- and disinformation:

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In fact, it was fake news, as fake as it gets, and CNN has nobody to blame but itself — its zeal to take down the president, its eagerness to swallow any horse manure fed to it by unknown, and very possibly imaginary, “sources,” its unconscionable decision not to name and shame the “sources,” and its own sheer lack of professionalism.

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To anyone over the age of 50 in journalism, this was simply astounding. One of any reporter’s first principles is to be skeptical of freely proffered skinny, especially from sources who demand anonymity in exchange for your possible career advancement. Not every disembodied voice on the phone is a “whistle blower” nor is every random email a Pulitzer-in-waiting — such “sources” are in fact as self-interested, and sometimes malevolent, as anybody else with an axe to grind. That today’s doe-eyed reporters fall for this ruse time and again speaks not only to the hiring practices of these crumbling journalistic edifices, but of the mind-set of those doing the hiring. Personnel, as the saying goes, is policy…

It’s not just CNN. For over a year now most all the print news publications and TV media outlets have presented their ‘news’ offerings as having been based in “unnamed source(s) … someone high up in the administration … anonymous source(s), etc.”. And here we see CNN allegedly relied on such propaganda players to fuel this latest and very damaging bombshell that has blown-up right in their smug faces. But they will not learn from this. They will only forge onward with their self-appointed mission to help delegitimize and finally have a hand in the coup to take down a duly elected and sitting POTUS.

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Big Media is circling the bowl.

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PJM: After Another CNN Trump-Russia Debacle, Should Reporters Caught Pushing Fake News Get ‘Benefit of the Doubt’?

Twitchy: WTF, seriously!? WaPo spin on Trump Jr’s CNN shaming sends heads to desks

WaPo reporter Trump wants fired for ‘bad tweet’ resigned from paper in 2010 after similar incident

Media Rattled After Trump Calls Out Washington Post Reporter On Twitter

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How Much More Proof of Real “Collusion” Do We Need?

My gawd! We continue to list the growing mountain of evidence that Robert Mueller has stacked his ‘Trump-Russia collusion’ investigative team with not only Obama allies but Hillary Clinton butt-buddies and Clintonite operatives!

DC: Mueller’s ‘Pit Bull’ Attended Clinton’s Election Night Party

An attorney for special counsel Robert Mueller attended Hillary Clinton’s election night party in New York City, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday.

Andrew Weissmann’s attendance at the party is one of many signs pointing to a troubling bias from the attorney. Weissmann has been described by The New York Times as Mueller’s “lieutenant” and “pit bull.”

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Weissmann is one of several Democratic donors that have been hired by Mueller, a registered Republican. The special counsel’s “pit bull” donated a combined $6,600 to the presidential campaigns of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton…

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Mueller reportedly taps FBI utility player to replace agent ousted from Russia probe

Former FBI Agent Unleashes on Strzok: ‘That Pr*ck Used the Dossier to Obtain a FISA Warrant’; “The Entire Hierarchy Was Corrupted”

How the FBI Criminalized Trump’s Transition

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It’s a Fetish: #FakeNews CNN Steps in Poo … Again!!!

HT: Twitchy: FAKE NEWS fail! Another CNN Trump ‘bombshell’ explodes in their faces

DC: CNN Botches Major ‘Bombshell’ Alleging Contacts Between Don Jr. And WikiLeaks

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