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Former FBI Terrorism Expert Calls Josh Hawley An ‘Inspirer’ Of Domestic Terror Attacks

With one gesture — an upraised fist — Missouri Republican Senator Josh Hawley made it clear that he stood with the thousands of Trump supporters who stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6 and caused the deaths of 5 people, including a police officer.

And with that gesture, according to former FBI Special Agent Clint Watts, Hawley let it be known that he has no problem being an “inspirer” of domestic terrorist attacks.

Appearing on MSNBC Sunday, Watts was asked by host Jonathan Capehart:

“What can we do? We know that domestic terrorism is a grave threat –what can we do to stop it?”

Watts replied:

“So there are several things that we don’t have for domestic terrorism that we did have for the international terrorism over the last 20 years. One is we developed an entire architecture that was focused on a group or relatively defined group, I should say, al Qaeda and then it spawned the Islamic State, so we had a terrorist designation. That we just do not have in the domestic space and it perplexes our ability because that brings up laws and procedures.”

Watts also noted that the larger question is what we do with those who incite crowds to commit violent acts:

“It’s been the crux of the debate since January 6th; what are Americans, you know, willing to let American law enforcement do to protect them? It’s just not very clear. Separately, this is empowered by political leaders, just like during the Al Qaeda-ISIS era, we looked at people like [Osama] bin Laden — he wasn’t a fighter, he was an inspirer.”

The fact that Hawley is an elected official, Watts concluded, means the threat is even more acute than the one we faced from foes such as Al Qaeda or ISIS:

“We have that today except it’s our elected officials. It’s our political leaders that are doing this more than domestic extremists. What you see right there President Trump told them they were going to the Capitol that day. They didn’t pick the Capitol, he said it, his organizers they promoted it, his fellow congressmen in the GOP, they promoted it.

“It was Josh Hawley out there fist-bumping the crowd, right? Before it went in. That’s the thing we look for to see, hey, where are they tipping to. For the most part, the groups aren’t picking the targets. It’s the elected leaders.”

To borrow a phrase from a well-known horror movie, the call is coming from within the house. Even worse, it’s coming from the very people who are supposed be guarding the house.

Here’s Clint Watts on MSNBC:

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Congress Crime

Matt Gaetz Says The FBI Wants Americans To Engage In ‘Snitching’

As the day draws closer that Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) is indicted and placed on trial for allegedly engaging in the sexual trafficking of an underage girl, the pervy Mr. Gaetz is lashing out at every federal agency that’s actively investigating him and proving just how utterly terrified he is.

Such is the case with an appearance Gaetz made on Newsmax where he spouted all sorts of wild conspiracy theories about the FBI, telling hosts Steve Cortes and Jenn Pellegrino:

“When the FBI is busy trying to make us all believe that our family members and our neighbors are extremists, we missed the opportunity to actually dig into important threats, cybersecurity threats, national security threats that they should be focused on.”

Gaetz was clearly referencing a tweet sent out by the FBI over the weekend:

But to hear Gaetz tell it, the FBI is somehow overstepping their bounds as the nation’s premier law enforcement agency by asking for the public’s help in tracking down domestic terrorists:

“Let’s remember who the [FBI] building is named after, [FBI founder] J. Edgar Hoover, who would use information in a compromising way against politicians and people to be able to maintain his own power. And then you saw the FBI weaponized against elements of the Civil Rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s, and now you see the FBI really becoming the enforcement wing of the Democratic Party in a lot of circumstances.”

Who appointed Hoover as head of the FBI in 1924? Republican President Calvin Coolidge. As for the assertion that the agency has become the “enforcement wing of the Democratic Party,” that’s just Gaetz and his paranoia speaking. He’s still upset that the FBI dared to investigate if failed, one-term former President Donald Trump was in bed with Russia. And he’s also worried about what’s about to come down regarding his own case from a federal court.

As if that’s not enough, Gaetz then tried to compare the United States and FBI to the former Soviet Union:

“Back during the worst days of the Soviet Union, one out of every three of the folks in that country was providing some sort of information to a centralized governing authority. Snitching really is a tool of the repressive security state, and we don’t want that to happen in our country.

“This is an effort to identify people based on their politics, and I don’t think we want an FBI that is resolving familial disputes through the lens of extremism. That seems to really take them away from an otherwise important mission.”


Rest assured, if Donald Trump was still president and the FBI was doing his bidding, Gaetz would have no problem with their tweets or their investigations.

What has Gaetz on the attack against the feds are his own legal problems, which could send him to prison for the rest of his life. Once the indictments start flying with his name on them, don’t be surprised if he bursts into tears, pisses himself, and begs for his mommy.

Here’s Congressman Perv on Newsmax:

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Crime Donald Trump

A Question FBI Director Chris Wray Declined To Answer Today Could Mean Big Trouble For Trump

When he testified before the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday, FBI Director Christopher Wray was asked in great detail about what transpired on January 6 when thousands of pro-Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol, which left five people dead.

Specifically, Wray weighed in on the ongoing investigation of the Capitol insurrection, telling members of the committee:

“This is a very ongoing investigation and there’s a lot more to come. I would expect to see more charges — some of them maybe more serious charges.”

Wray added that he did indeed consider the Capitol riots to be an act of “domestic terrorism.”

But it was a question Wray refused to answer that led legal analysts to suggest that former President Donald Trump is indeed facing felony charges for his role in the insurrection.

Wray was asked if the FBI was also looking at charging Trump and others around him, along with members of Congress, for inciting the violence on Jan. 6.

Former FBI assistant director Frank Figliuzzi noted that what Wray didn’t say spoke volumes:

“We did hear a very good question that he was asked, which is, are you going to be looking at those people in and around the president — former president, maybe even sitting members of Congress, are you getting up to that big level?

“I’m trying to read the tea leaves. He said very, very carefully, ‘We have 500 pending cases, I have judges who would be very upset if I talked about the pending cases. It’s not appropriate to tell you whether or not we have such high-level cases.’ If I’m going to read the tea leaves, that sounds like the answer was, yes, we are looking at anybody and anything that looks like high-level playing.”

Trump’s speech shortly before the rioting started is what incited the riots. That means he’s partially responsible for what happened.

Trump is also part of a larger conspiracy which seems to involve others in the administration and Congress who helped set up the actions that took place that fateful day in Washington.

Anyone that played a role — no matter how small — in the Jan. 6 insurrection should be charged. That includes Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Rudy Giuliani, and Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL). If, as they all maintain, they did nothing wrong, then they have nothing to fear.

Let the chips fall where they may. Charge every last one of them and take them to trial. Justice demands it.

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Right-Wing Group Surveilled FBI Agents In An Attempt To ‘Discredit’ Trump’s Critics: Report

In an attempt to discredit anyone who dared to criticize failed, one-term former President Donald Trump while he was still in office, a right-wing group went so far as to conduct surveillance of the FBI.

A chilling report from the New York Times details how a group of conservative activists coordinated with a former British spy in a project designed to destroy those who disagreed with Trump in any manner whatsoever:

“The campaign included a planned sting operation against Mr. Trump’s national security adviser at the time, H.R. McMaster, and secret surveillance operations against F.B.I. employees, aimed at exposing anti-Trump sentiment in the bureau’s ranks.

“The operations against the F.B.I., run by the conservative group Project Veritas, were conducted from a large home in the Georgetown section of Washington that rented for $10,000 per month. Female undercover operatives arranged dates with the F.B.I. employees with the aim of secretly recording them making disparaging comments about Mr. Trump.”

The former British spy is a man named Richard Seddon. He was recruited in 2016 by defense contractor Erik Prince (brother of former Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos) to “train” Project Veritas operatives who were sent out to infiltrate trade unions, the campaigns of Democrats running for Congress, and other pinpointed targets.

One of the highest-profile people that Project Veritas targeted was then-national security adviser H.R. McMaster, a retired United States Army Lieutenant General and true American hero. But to those loyal to Trump, McMaster was seen as a traitor:

“The scheme against Mr. McMaster, revealed in interviews and documents, was one of the most brazen operations of the campaign. It involved a plan to hire a woman armed with a hidden camera to capture Mr. McMaster making inappropriate remarks that his opponents could use as leverage to get him ousted as national security adviser.”

Though the right-wing operatives abandoned their efforts against McMaster in March of 2018, those who had been targeting him got exactly what they wanted when McMaster resigned that same month because Trump had reportedly grown tired of the former general and was on the verge of dismissing him from his post, which is one of the most important in the entire cabinet.

However, the effort to target FBI employees could be what eventually winds up resulting in criminal charges against the conservatives that ran the plot, which is terrifying in both its scope and intent:

“The plan was simple: Use undercover operatives to entrap F.B.I. employees and other government officials who could be publicly exposed as opposing Mr. Trump.

“Project Veritas operatives created fake profiles on dating apps to lure the F.B.I. employees, according to two former Project Veritas employees and a screenshot of one of the accounts. They arranged to meet and arrived with a hidden camera and microphone.”

Did those operatives have any sort of warrant giving them the right to surveil FBI employees, who are charged with protecting the nation from criminal organizations, terrorists, and other unsavory characters who wish to harm the United States? They didn’t, and that could serve as damaging evidence if used by federal prosecutors who may well seek indictments against those who participated in the scheme.

One of the main features of both Donald Trump and his followers is paranoia. They believe everyone is out to get them because they’re too damn self-absorbed and clueless to realize they’re the source of their own problems and the cause of their eventual downfall. No wonder they always get caught red-handed.

 

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The FBI Is Reportedly ‘Ramping Up’ Its Investigations Of Trump

In the spring of last year, then-Attorney General William Barr was at the White House for a meeting and was asked by an aide to former President Donald Trump what he thought about a former FBI official taking over as director of the nation’s top law enforcement agency.

Barr, Business Insider reports, was livid by the suggestion that FBI Director Chris Wray be replaced and he reportedly threatened to resign if Wray was shown the door:

“When told of the plotting — which also involved replacing then-Deputy FBI Director David Bowdich with the controversial Trump national security advisor Kash Patel — Barr threatened to resign in protest, according to the person briefed on the deliberations.”

Wray remains as chief of the FBI, and he and his agency are now the tip of the spear as federal prosecutors begin turning up the heat on Trump and many of his former associates:

“Under the new administration, DOJ is in the midst of politically-sensitive criminal investigations into Trump allies such as Rep. Matt Gaetz and Rudy Giuliani, addresses the rising threat of domestic terrorism, and reprioritizing police reform after a moribund four years inside its civil rights division.

“In the immediate aftermath of the Trump administration, the Justice Department and Wray’s FBI are also ramping up investigations into Giuliani’s Ukraine dealings during his time as the former president’s personal lawyer.”

Additionally, Wray’s personality fits better with current Attorney General Merrick Garland than it did with Barr, who was nicknamed “the Buffalo” by those who saw how he operated inside the Trump administration. Garland and Wray are both considered to be measured, studied, and cerebral in their approach to their jobs:

“In nearly a dozen interviews, current and former DOJ officials said Garland represents more of a personality fit for the low-key FBI director, who was confirmed in early August 2017, just months after Trump’s abrupt firing of James Comey set off a chain of events that led to Robert Mueller’s appointment as special counsel to run the Russia investigation.”

And in perhaps the greatest irony of all, Wray — who was about to be pushed out of his post as FBI chief — may wind up being instrumental in bringing the scofflaws of the Trump administration to justice at last.