Unfortunately Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, his hope for a post-election SCOTUS confirmation is among the minority in America…by 2-to-1.
According to a new NBC/SurveyMonkey poll released Tuesday, 62% of Americans want Trump’s yet-to-be-named nominee confirmed before the November elections.
A mere 33% want the confirmation vote to occur after the elections.
Independents also support a pre-election vote on the nominee by a near mirror number of 61%.
So the catch-22 for Dems is that they’ll likely lose more momentum in that ‘blue wave’ if they press the issue of waiting on Trump’s nominee.
Americans want the President to appoint, and the Senate to confirm, a new Supreme Court justice before the 2018 midterm elections — by a staggering 2-to-1 margin, according to a new poll released Tuesday.
According to a new NBC News/SurveyMonkey poll:
More than six in 10 Americans, or 62 percent, said Trump’s nominee, who will be announced on Monday, should be confirmed or rejected before the elections in which control of the House and Senate are at stake. About three in 10, or 33 percent, said the Senate should wait until after the elections, the poll found.
The vast majority of Republicans surveyed, 85 percent, said the Senate’s vote on the nominee should take place before the election. Roughly six in 10 Independents, or 61 percent, agreed. However, more than half of Democrats, 55 percent, believe the voting on a new justice should wait.
It’s official: disgraced, pro-Hillary former FBI agent Peter Strzok will appear at a public hearing next week on July 10 following a subpoena from House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA).
The subpoena came after Strzok’s attorney announced that his client had withdrawn a previous offer to testify publically.
Hmm, what could Strzok possibly be hiding from the American people concerning his work both on the Hillary email and Russian election meddling investigations?
Inquiring minds want to know.
The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee has subpoenaed former FBI official Peter Strzok to appear at a public hearing July 10.
Virginia Republican Rep. Bob Goodlatte issued the subpoena to force Strzok to appear before both the House Judiciary and House Oversight and Government Reform Committees. The hearing will focus on Strzok’s work on both the Hillary Clinton email investigation and the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign.
Strzok’s attorney, Aitan Goelman, said on Monday that his client had retracted a previous offer to testify publicly. Goelman cited a closed-door interview on June 27 with the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees as evidence that Republicans were setting “a trap” for the embattled FBI agent.
“Having sharpened their knives behind closed doors, the committee would now like to drag back Special Agent Strzok and have him testify in public — a request that we originally made and the committee denied,” Goelman said in a letter first reported by CNN.
According to a report by RealClearInvestigations, the FBI is refusing to fork over intelligence that alleges Obama Attorney General Loretta Lynch meddled in the Hillary Clinton email investigation.
While we’re wondering ‘why’ this information has yet to be turned over, we can only wonder also if some of that intelligence is a transcription of Lynch’s Phoenix tarmac meeting with Mr. Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Every week that passes without the DOJ/FBI’s compliance with congressional requests is just one more reason to begin impeaching people until they recognize the constitutional authority of the people’s house.
Here’s more from Breitbart…
The FBI had little problem leaking “unverified” dirt from Russian sources on Donald Trump and his campaign aides – and even basing FISA wiretaps on it. But according to the Justice Department’s inspector general, the bureau is refusing to allow even members of Congress with top security clearance to see intercepted material alleging political interference by President Obama’s attorney general, Loretta Lynch:
The FBI had little problem leaking “unverified” dirt from Russian sources on Donald Trump and his campaign aides – and even basing FISA wiretaps on it. But according to the Justice Department’s inspector general, the bureau is refusing to allow even members of Congress with top security clearance to see intercepted material alleging political interference by President Obama’s attorney general, Loretta Lynch.
That material – which has been outlined in press reports – consists of unverified accounts intercepted from putative Russian sources in which the head of the Democratic National Committee allegedly implicates the Hillary Clinton campaign and Lynch in a secret deal to fix the Clinton email investigation.
South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy made clear at a congressional hearing on Thursday that he is not impressed with ongoing investigation of Russian influence operations in the 2016 presidential election.
He is particularly irked by the slow-walking of presenting evidence (or thereof) and turning over said evidence to the Congress.
“Whatever you got, finish it the hell up,” Gowdy fired at FBI Director Christopher Wray and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
“Right now this country is being torn apart.”
Gowdy’s laconic approach is refreshing in the otherwise swamping morass of bureaucratic creep in DC.
Here’s more from Daily Caller…
South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy criticized investigators Thursday for not moving faster on their investigation into the extent of Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential election.
“If you have evidence of wrongdoing by any member of the Trump campaign, present it to the damn grand jury,” Gowdy, a Republican who chairs the House Committee on Oversight, told FBI Director Christopher Wray and deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein at a congressional hearing.
Anti-Trump FBI agent Peter Strzok will be making a long-awaited appearance before two House Committees on Wednesday for ‘interviews’ concerning his role (and bias) in the Hillary Clinton email and Trump-Russia investigations.
According to a Judiciary Committee aide, a public hearing will be following ‘soon’.
Which may come after Strzok and the Swamp get their stories straight for the cameras.
The problem is there’s almost no way to Strzok’s defense will jive with what Comey and McCabe have testified.
It’s a classic prisoner’s dilemma, and they all may become prisoners in the end regardless.
Here’s more from Hotair…
FBI agent Peter Strzok will be on Capitol Hill tomorrow to meet with two House Committees. Politico reports that an open-session, like the one proposed Monday by President Trump, is expected to follow sometime soon:
Strzok — whose role in the investigations of Hillary Clinton’s email use and the Trump campaign’s contacts with Russia was one focus of a recent Justice Department watchdog report — will meet with the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees. The interview will be held behind closed doors, but is set to be followed “soon” by a public hearing, according to a Judiciary Committee aide…
Strzok’s anti-Trump text messages, which were sent to an FBI colleague throughout 2016 and 2017, have become the centerpiece of Republican claims that the FBI’s Trump campaign probe was politically motivated. While the DOJ’s inspector general report concluded Strzok appeared to show willingness to use his official capacity to hurt Trump politically, it didn’t weigh in on whether his opinions affected the opening of the Trump-Russia investigation. DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz has indicated he is still reviewing Strzok’s role in the Russia investigation.
The IG’s report did conclude that there was no evidence political animus toward Trump affected any official FBI action taken during the Clinton investigation.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte has subpoenaed now-former anti-Trump FBI Agent Peter Strzok to appear for a deposition in the upcoming week.
The deposition comes after Stzrok’s attorney said the former Deputy Chief of Counterintelligence at the FBI is willing to voluntarily testify despite refusing to answer repeated requests by the committee to do just.
It’s obvious he’s been hoping to stonewall the Russia-Trump campaign collusion investigation and hide his bias, as evidenced in numerous text messages to FBI attorney Lisa Page with whom he was having an affair.
If he strikes an immunity deal, it could spell disaster for Andy McCabe and James Comey.
We’ll be keeping tabs.
Here’s more from Daily Caller…
House Committee on the Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte on Friday subpoenaed former FBI Agent Peter Strzok to appear for a deposition next week.
Goodlatte issued the subpoena even though Strzok’s attorney said that Strzok is willing to testify voluntarily before Congress.
“We regret that the Committee felt it necessary to issue a subpoena when we repeatedly informed them that Pete was willing to testify voluntarily,” Strzok lawyer Aitan Goelman said in a statement after Goodlatte issued the subpoena.
A statement on the Judiciary Committee’s website said that the panel has “repeatedly requested to interview Mr. Strzok regarding his role in certain decisions, but he has yet to appear.”
Slowly, we’re learning the Obama State Department was hands-on and working behind the scenes on the Trump-Russia investigation.
It’s just come to light that State Department officials obtained and reviewed the now notorious Steele dossier by mid-July 2016, weeks before the bias-embroiled FBI ever got the memo.
What’s more, a Senate hearing on Wednesday just revealed closer contacts between that dossier’s author, Christopher Steele, and the Obama State Department.
Obviously the State Department has no business reviewing a dossier which was the subject (and object, oddly) of an ongoing FBI investigation.
How much more evidence do we need that this whole spaghetti mess points back to Obama himself?
Here’s more from Daily Caller…
Drip by drip, details have emerged over the past several months showing the Department of State under the Obama administration played a larger role at key junctures in the Trump-Russia probe than previously known.
State Department officials obtained and reviewed parts of the infamous Steele dossier by mid-July 2016, well before FBI headquarters had access to the document. The U.S. embassy in London was also an early recipient of information about former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos that the FBI would use to justify opening its counterintelligence investigation in late July 2016. And in a little-noticed Senate hearing on Wednesday, it was revealed that dossier author Christopher Steele briefed State Department officials at Foggy Bottom in October 2016.
The briefing suggests closer contacts between Steele and the State Department than the agency has acknowledged.
The fat lady hasn’t sung just yet for disgraced FBI agent Peter Strzok.
Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz testified this week that his agency is currently investigating whether Strzok’s now infamous anti-Trump political bias impacted Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of alleged Russia collusion.
In perhaps a foreshadowing of what may be expected, Stzrok – though technically employed by the FBI – was seen being escorted from the FBI building on the same day as Horowitz’s announcement.
He’ll likely soon be joining the ‘Infamous Ousted DOJ Officials Club’ along with Comey, McCabe and others.
Rep. Trey Gowdy called the news of the investigation ‘momentous’ which was a slight understatement.
Here’s more from Daily Wire…
Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz testified late Tuesday that his agency is investigating disgraced FBI agent Peter Strzok’s anti-Trump text messages, and whether Strzok’s apparent political bias had an impact on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.
Fox News reports that Horowitz’s investigation is related to an FBI probe into whether members of the Trump presidential campaign conspired with Russian officials to affect the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. Strzok was dropped from that probe when a series of secret texts between Strzok and his colleague-turned-lover revealed his political leanings.
On Tuesday, Strzok was escorted from the FBI building in Washington, D.C. According to reports, Strzok is still technically employed with the FBI and receiving a salary, though he is now “facing a professional responsibility investigation.”
Former Secretary of State and failed 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton unsuccessfully attempted to turn the heat on former FBI director James Comey for what appears to be a hypocritical investigation of her private email server and account use for government business.
Hillary’s terse ‘But my emails’ tweet comes after the 600-page report on the investigation reveals Comey himself used a private account for some official government business.
However, when asked if he would apologize to Hillary, Comey refused stressing that the emails he sent were unclassified unlike hers and alleging that she fails to grasp what the investigation was even about.
Hi, Pot, allow us to introduce you to Kettle.
Here’s more from Fox News…
James Comey fired back this week at Hillary Clinton after the former secretary of state cited the Justice Department inspector general report on her email case to challenge the premise of the investigation itself.
Clinton did so in a terse, snarky tweet following the release of the nearly 600-page report, which accused the former FBI director of defying the chain of command during the email probe. It also said he, too, used a personal email account for some government business.
“But my emails,” Clinton tweeted, in response to a reporter tweet about Comey’s use of a “gmail” account — a slap at the outrage over her private email server and the FBI probe itself.
A prosecutor by trade, Rep. Trey Gowdy is not just furious over the IG report. As he made clear in his recent Fox News interview, but he’s wondering, just how many other cases DOJ bias has jeopardized beyond the Clinton investigation—if it can be called that—or the Russia fake news dossier investigation. It’s nearly impossible for a jury to discern whether bias influenced an investigation, for better or for worse.
Gowdy explained: “God only knows what damage he has done before Mueller fired [Peter Strzok]. This is what’s so pervasive about bias…it doesn’t matter what Mueller comes up with. Some people are going to believe that Strzok’s level of animus was so high that you can’t remove the taint.”
Here’s more from Hotair…
The key bit from a long interview on “Fox News Sunday.” Watch for about two and a half minutes where the clip picks up below. On Friday, marveling at Gowdy’s anger over the IG report, I flagged the following quote about Peter Strzok from his interview with Bret Baier the night before. No one within the GOP has been as stalwart a defender of the Russiagate probe as Gowdy has. The despair was palpable:
“God only knows what damage he has done before Mueller fired him. This is what’s so pervasive about bias, Bret, it doesn’t matter what Mueller comes up with. Some people are going to believe that Strzok’s level of animus was so high that you can’t remove the taint.”
Gowdy’s looking at Mueller’s dilemma from the perspective of a prosecutor. Put aside the question of whether Strzok’s bias actually influenced his investigative decisions. The cold, hard fact is that he *was* biased and the entire world now knows it. He’s essentially the Mark Fuhrman of the Russiagate investigation. How do you convince a jury to convict once evidence of his bias is inevitably presented to them? What about the book-length evidence of James Comey’s disdain for Trump?