Mueller’s blind eye is troublesome in Russia probe, ignores pro-Clinton Russia ads

Feb. 16, 2018, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement in response to the claim made in today’s indictments handed out by Special Counsel Robert Mueller that “Defendants’ operations included supporting the presidential campaign of then-candidate Donald J. Trump… and disparaging Hillary Clinton”:

“It is troubling that the Special Counsel ascribes a partisan agenda in his most recent indictments of the alleged Russians involved in buying Facebook ads using false names and bank accounts. The indictment states ‘Defendants’ operations included supporting the presidential campaign of then-candidate Donald J. Trump… and disparaging Hillary Clinton’ yet this statement appears to be untrue in light of anti-Trump ads that were also purchased by the groups named in the indictment. It is entirely possible that Russian actors hoped to create disharmony by pushing ads that incited both sides against one another, but Mueller’s turning a blind eye to this likelihood demonstrates his team’s inability to see beyond the 2016 campaign narrative about Russia involvement in the election.

“As Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein clarified in today’s press conference, ‘There is no allegation in this indictment that any American was a knowing participant in this illegal activity,” meaning there was no tie to the Trump campaign or any other campaign for these activities. Mueller should also correct the record in his indictment. If the Russians were doing pro-Clinton ads, too, then it is impossible to deduce a partisan motive.”

To view online: https://getliberty.org/2018/02/muellers-blind-eye-is-troublesome-in-russia-probe-ignores-pro-clinton-russia-ads/

Attachments:

“MUELLER PUSHES DEEP STATE RUSSIAN COLLUSION BS: Numerous Sites Listed Were PRO-HILLARY not PRO-TRUMP,” by Jim Hoft, The Gateway Pundit, Feb. 16, 2018 at http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2018/02/mueller-pushes-deep-state-russian-collusion-bs-united-muslims-america-pro-hillary-group/

“Facebook ads reveal the real Russian game,” By Leonid Bershidsky, Chicago Tribune, Nov. 2, 2017 at http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/commentary/ct-russia-facebook-ads-20171102-story.html

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Democrats will own the DACA deportations when they begin

Feb. 16, 2018, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement declaring that Senate Democrats will own the DACA deportations when they begin because they couldn’t make a deal when they had the chance:

“Senate Democrats would rather deport DACA recipients than even do a minimal compromise with President Trump on extending DACA in exchange for building the wall proposed by Sen. Thune. The President has bent his campaign promises beyond the straining point by proposing a pathway to citizenship in exchange for basic reforms and security measures including the wall, and the Democrats would not take yes for an answer. The last two days have laid bare the reality of the Democrat Party that they would rather hold DACA recipients hostage than make any deal with President Trump.

“When the deportations inevitably begin, Senate Democrats will rightly own them notwithstanding their indignant press releases. It’s time to enforce our nation’s immigration laws and end the political gamesmanship and partisan manipulation by the radical left.

“It is time for President Trump and Republican leaders to take Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s no as his final answer.”

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Schumer-Rounds-Collins opens door for massive amnesty for millions

Feb. 15, 2018, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement in opposition to the Schumer-Rounds-Collins amendment:

“Everyone can remember the videos of train loads of illegal immigrants, as children, coming across the border when former President Barack Obama decided to crash our nation’s immigration system with DACA. The Schumer-Rounds-Collins amendment would create the greatest border rush in American history, with amnesty being offered to millions, and then tens of millions of individuals once chain migration is taken into consideration. On this point alone, this amendment should be defeated. This is not what the American people voted for in 2016.

“The only immigration proposal that would offer legal status to DACA recipients, while reforming the immigration system to prevent another rush, which means ending chain migration, the visa lottery and securing the southern border with the President’s wall is the House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte’s legislation. The Schumer-Rounds-Collins amnesty amendment has earned opposition from the White House and a vote for it is a vote against any immigration bill as it would surely be vetoed, ending the debate for 2018 and ending DACA.”

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Don’t make $131 billion of new domestic spending permanent

Feb. 14, 2018, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today urged Congress to make certain that the $131 billion of new, non-defense discretionary spending is only allocated to large, one-time projects that do not add to the baseline:

“Since Congress has decided to spend $131 billion in new, non-defense discretionary spending the next two years over Americans for Limited Government’s objections, it is clear that the limited government objective must be to not allow this spending to become permanent by being added to the baseline. To that end, Americans for Limited Government urges Congress to allocate the monies into one-time expenditures that otherwise might be too expensive to undertake.

“For example, allocating $7.5 billion for hardening the electrical grid against an EMP attack. In the era of a nuclear North Korea and a similarly threatening Iran, this is a critical need that could be met immediately using the already allocated dollars from the budget deal.

“While Americans for Limited Government would strongly prefer that these needs be met out of previously existing resources, Congress decided otherwise. To be clear, those funds should be rescinded, but if they’re not going to be, then it is Congress’ job to make certain that the spending is used to fill critical needs on a one-time basis rather than be wasted by hiring tens of thousands of new, permanent bureaucrats.”

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Infrastructure should be an opportunity to reform all federal permitting barriers to make America build again

Feb. 13, 2018, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging Congress to include streamlining of all federal permitting, excepting Davis-Bacon and allowing non-union shops to bid in any new infrastructure plan:

“If Congress is going to move forward with the President’s infrastructure proposal, it should be with a few assurances. First, there must be a full scale streamlining of all federal permitting processes, not just those attached to federally funded infrastructure projects, including on building refineries, power plants and factories, exponentially increasing private sector investment. Second, Davis-Bacon prevailing wage requirements should be excepted from any of the infrastructure projects under the proposal to lower labor costs. Third, non-union shops should be allowed to bid on contracts under the proposal to truly have competitive bidding. If taxpayers are being asked to foot the bill for a part of this infrastructure proposal, it should be with the assurance that red tape won’t end up strangling the deal. Without real permitting and wage reforms, the private sector investment the plan calls will remain elusive — and throughout the rest of the economy, too. The infrastructure proposal provides Congress a valuable opportunity to review what are truly the regulatory boundaries that are preventing the private sector from making America build again.”

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President’s budget cuts irrelevant without filibuster changes

Feb. 12, 2018, Fairfax, Va.–Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement on the President’s budget:

“A year ago, Americans for Limited Government effusively praised President Donald Trump’s proposed budget creating $4.5 trillion of substantive cuts in programs and creating a sober pathway to a balanced budget over the coming decade.

“However, the funding bill that was just passed by Congress and signed by the President makes the 2019 budget proposal interesting but not relevant. Specifically, the decision to increase spending by $143 billion for 2018, and $153 billion for 2019, makes the President’s newly released budget not worth the paper it’s printed because the obvious willingness to obscenely raise spending revealed in the latest government shutdown deal makes it clear that there is no political will to cut the budget in ways necessary to make the President’s spending cuts ever come to fruition.

“The only we will ever get control over the out of control spending is if we get rid of the Senate filibuster on appropriations bills and continuing resolutions. Absent that reform, the Democrat minority will always control America’s spending even when Republicans are in the majority.”

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Grassley-Graham criminal referral of Steele confirms House Intel memo

Feb. 7, 2018, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issue the following statement in response to the release of the unclassified criminal referral for Christopher Steele by Chairmen Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.):

“The Grassley-Graham is further vindication of the House Intelligence Committee memo that alleges the FBI knowingly used a DNC and Clinton campaign-funded dossier to obtain a secret FISA court warrant against a Trump campaign official and hid that fact from the FISA court. While much of the referral is redacted, there are several key findings.

“The Senators viewed two relevant FISA applications concluding, ‘The bulk of the application consists of allegations against Page that were disclosed to the FBI by Mr. Steele and are also outlined in the Steele dossier.’ This is the same dossier former Deputy Director of the FBI Andrew McCabe in Congressional testimony said no surveillance warrant would have been sought from the FISA court warrant without the Steele dossier information.

“The referral also indicates the FBI made material false statements to the FISA court. The FBI vouched for the credibility of Mr. Steele and the dossier, despite firing him for lying to the FBI, the crime the Senate Chairman are referral for. This raises the question, why hasn’t the FBI charged Steele with lying to the FBI? Could it be because charging him with lying would have put the continued FISA court warrant renewals at risk?

“And most importantly, the referral further delegitimizes the Christopher Steele dossier. Not only did former FBI Director James Comey call the dossier ‘salacious and unverified,’ but Christopher Steele refused to vouch for his own work in a U.K. court of law stating, the dossier ‘did not represent (and did not purport to represent) verified facts,’ in response to a libel suit against him.

“Why would FBI and DOJ leadership, under President Obama, put the reputation of the DOJ and FBI at risk by knowingly signing legal documents based on a dossier that the author of which refused to vouch for in the end when his own neck was on the line?”

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Mueller exceeds original mandate, needs to lay cards on the table

Feb. 6, 2018, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement blasting Special Counsel Robert Mueller for not sticking to the parameters that were set out for him when he was appointed last May:

“Special Counsel Robert Mueller was appointed last May to investigate ‘any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump.’ But so far, in Mueller’s indictments of Paul Manafort and Richard Gates, there is no mention of Russian government officials, and the supposed crimes predate the election campaign of 2016. The guilty plea of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn was for not correctly remembering the content of a conversation with the Russian ambassador that actually took place after the election, beyond the scope of Mueller’s probe. That leaves George Papadopoulos, who similarly has pled guilty, but not to colluding with the Russian government, but for lying with investigators. All this points to the conclusion that, actually, there was no Trump campaign-Russia collusion in 2016. If so, then what is the purpose of Mueller’s investigation?

“In the meantime, the Christopher Steele dossier, which was used to obtain at least one secret FISA court warrant against Trump campaign advisor Carter Page before the election has proven to be full of lies and turns out was funded by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee, a fact which was hidden from the FISA court.

“Since that time, former FBI Director James Comey testified that the dossier was ‘salacious and unverified.’ Former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe testified that about the only thing they could corroborate from the Steele dossier was that Carter Page had traveled to Moscow to deliver a commencement address at a university, which was already a matter of public record, and that but for the dossier, there would not have been a FISA court warrant at all. FBI agent Peter Strzok, who had been leading the FBI’s investigation into Trump, told his mistress prior to joining the Mueller investigation that he was a afraid there was ‘no big there there’ on Trump campaign-Russia collusion. And Steele himself, in a libel suit over the dossier in the UK, said the dossier ‘did not represent (and did not purport to represent) verified facts.’ Also, per the testimony of Fusion GPS CEO Glenn Simpson, Steele never traveled to Russia himself and may not have even personally interviewed his sources, instead relying on go-betweens. In the end, nobody confirmed Steele’s sources, including apparently Steele himself. Not Simpson, not the FBI which used the dossier to get the spying warrant.

“Based on these bits of information we now know, it is clear there is little to no basis for an ongoing investigation of Trump campaign-Russia collusion in 2016 during the presidential campaign, because there was none. Special Counsel Mueller has gone far afield from his original mandate, and it’s time he lay his cards on the table.”

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Not even Christopher Steele believes the Clinton campaign-funded Steele dossier ‘purport[ed] to represent verified facts’

Feb. 5, 2017, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement in response to the rebuttal memo by Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) Nadler called Christopher Steele, “an expert for the job—a retired British intelligence officer, experienced in Russian affairs and well-known to the FBI as a useful source of valuable intelligence in earlier investigations”:

“If we are to believe what Rep. Nadler stated in his memo, in an attempt to defend the Obama administration’s illegal spying on American citizens, then we must take Christopher Steele at his own words when he said, ‘The contents of the December memorandum did not represent (and did not purport to represent) verified facts.’ That was in response to a libel suit against Steele in the U.K. about the dossier he produced for the Clinton campaign and the DNC. Under oath in a court of law, Christopher Steele would not vouch for the validity of the dossier he produced based on his sources that were also used in the prior FISA application, so why should anyone else?

“Knowing the dossier was ‘salacious and unverified,’ former FBI Director James Comey chose to include the document in the original FISA application and two subsequent extensions. Is the former Director in the habit of entering unverified documents into evidence in a court of law? If Christopher Steele, the author of the dossier, would not vouch for the validity of the dossier, why did James Comey do so three times?

“It is clear former FBI Director James Comey lied to the FISA court. When a civilian lies to law enforcement or a court, they are brought up on charges. What Comey did was the textbook example of perjury, he signed a legal document he knew to be false or misleading. In the least it violates the Woods Procedures that are supposed to govern the court, which relies on the accuracy of filings by the FBI. Clearly, Congress must continue digging to get to the bottom of this sordid affair.”

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FISA Court should rescind all secret warrants based on DNC-funded Steele dossier

Feb. 2, 2018, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Court to rescind all warrants it issued based on the erroneous, DNC-funded Christopher Steele dossier:

“The FISA Court must immediately rescind all warrants that were based on the DNC-funded Christopher Steele dossier if it has not already done so. Additionally, the FISA Court needs to order that all prosecutions based upon evidence through the unlawfully gained FISA Court warrant be dismissed with prejudice as fruit of a poison tree. The Fourth Amendment requires probable cause for a warrant. Everyday criminals receive the most basic constitutional protections, and the Obama Justice Department lied and connived to deny these protections to their political enemies. One of the main remaining questions is who of these faithless Justice Department employees will be fired and prosecuted for illegal spying. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s involvement in this sordid episode disqualifies him from further employment at the Justice Department and he must be terminated if he refuses to resign. This cannot be allowed to stand.”

Attachments:

House Intelligence Committee memo detailing FISA abuses, Feb. 2, 2018 at http://docs.house.gov/meetings/IG/IG00/20180129/106822/HMTG-115-IG00-20180129-SD001.pdf or https://readthememo.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/HMTG-115-IG00-20180129-SD001.pdf

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