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Glenn Simpson, Fusion GPS co-founder, to testify before House Intel panel

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A deal has been struck between Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson and the House Intelligence Committee. Simpson will testify behind closed doors in exchange for the committee withdrawing a subpoena against him.

Simpson testified earlier this year in a 10-hour session before the Senate Judiciary Committee. He agreed to do so under the condition that he would not waive client privileges, including divulging their identities. He made a similar deal with the House committee.

Fusion GPS is at the center of an investigation into the commission of the Steele Dossier, a document that attempted to expose details of then-candidate Donald Trump’s dealings with the Russians. The Dossier was not released until after Trump won the election, most likely because the accusations made in the document were so far out-of-bounds the DNC and Hillary Clinton’s campaign felt they would do more harm than good for her chances to win the presidency. Clinton’s team, the DNC, and the FBI have been linked back to commissioning the Dossier.

A separate issue surrounds the bank records for Fusion GPS which the House Intel panel has also subpoenaed. Simpson’s testimony and the arrangement he made to give it will not affect that subpoena nor the legal attempts by Fusion GPS to block the order.

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Fusion GPS co-founder strikes deal to talk about Trump dossier

http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/359410-fusion-gps-co-founder-strikes-deal-to-talk-about-trump-dossierSimpson had been under subpoena by the committee, which is seeking more information on the dossier as part of its investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. That order will be lifted at the time of the interview on Tuesday, Reps. Mike ConawayKenneth (Mike) Michael ConawayCarter Page wanted Trump to take 2016 trip to Russia Juan Williams: The shame of Trump’s enablers Former Trump adviser grilled by House committee behind closed doors MORE (R-Texas) and Adam SchiffAdam SchiffOvernight Cybersecurity: What we learned from Carter Page’s House Intel testimony | House to mark up foreign intel reform law | FBI can’t access Texas shooter’s phone | Sessions to testify at hearing amid Russia scrutiny Schiff: ‘Our democracy is under threat’ from Trump, Russia Carter Page wanted Trump to take 2016 trip to Russia MORE (D-Calif.) said during a joint statement.

Simpson and his lawyer, Joshua Levy, on Wednesday morning spent more than three hours hammering out the deal in the committee’s secure spaces.

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Beware of the dark side

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Many have started down the dark path.

Regardless of what you think of Roy Moore, I hope you reached that conclusion objectively. Unfortunately, those who dominate my news feed did not.

I saw bloodthirsty cries for him to drop out of the Senate race as soon as the first allegations were made, just as I witnessed stubborn declarations of innocence and that it was all a political smear. Both sides had more in common than not: their positions had nothing to do with the credibility of the allegations, but with the existence of the allegations alone.

Democrats and RINOs want him gone, so he must be innocent. Flyover Republicans want him elected, so he must be guilty.

From there, no amount of evidence on either side could penetrate stubborn skulls. The filter of confirmation bias tainted any appearance of guilt or innocence, and once again tribal politics reigned supreme.

But because God has a sense of humor, He threw Stuart Smalley into the mix.

Once the Al Franken (D-MN) groping photo surfaced, it was nothing if not comical to watch the tides reverse. Suddenly Moore’s tribal defenders started arbitrarily calling for Franken’s resignation, and Democratic loyalists rushed to protect him from fallout.

Bear in mind, I’m still not talking about those who’ve evaluated the evidence at hand and reached an objective conclusion. This is about the moral relativists who claim that sexual harassment and assault warrant swift impeachment and that women should be believed, not scrutinized — unless it’s happening to their guy.

Suddenly Democrats yell, “But we can’t afford to lose a pro-choice vote, no matter who it comes from!” And as Babylon Bee satirized, evangelicals would vote for Satan if he ran as a pro-life Republican.

Everyone, it seems, has forsaken principle.

I’m sick of arbitrary virtue, and, as always, there’s a Star Wars analogy for that.

In Episode III, Revenge of the Sith, Anakin Skywalker kills a disarmed (well, dishanded) Count Dooku at the prodding of his friend, Palpatine (or his pal, Friend-patine. I’ll stop now, I promise). While Palpatine insists, “He was too dangerous to be kept alive,” Anakin laments, “It’s not the Jedi way.”

Later, when Palpatine finds himself at the tip of Mace Windu’s lightsaber, Anakin demands that Palpatine stand trial. Because it’s the Jedi way? Not quite.

In a chilling echo, Master Windu counters, “He’s too dangerous to be kept alive” — the exact phrase used earlier by the Sith Lord.

(I could write an entire piece on how the Jedi and Sith are akin to the increasingly similar Republican and Democratic Parties, but I won’t go down that rabbit hole just yet.)

In fairness, I actually agree in both cases that the villains should have been killed. That’s my principle. And if Anakin opposed Palpatine’s death based on the Jedi way of not killing an unarmed opponent (are you still unarmed if you can shoot lightning from your fingertips?), that would have been his principle. It’s possible for two principled people to disagree.

But that wasn’t Anakin’s objection. As Windu draws back for the kill, Anakin confesses his true motive. Not “the Jedi way,” not due process, not even further interrogation or hostage bargaining. Seconds before the final blow, Anakin cries out, “I need him!”

Anakin severs Windu’s hand, Palpatine’s lightning thrusts the Jedi Master from the shattered window, and Anakin’s turn to the dark side is complete.

Anakin’s fall is a painfully recognizable warning in contemporary American politics — not just in 2017 or even 2016, but for decades of political discourse.

“I don’t care if he’s a child molester; I need him!”

“I don’t care if he assaulted women; I need him!”

“I don’t care if he left a woman to drown in Chappaquiddick,” and “I don’t care what he grabs women by.”

The chorus echoes loud and clear: “I need him!”

This is how you fall to the dark side, and as Padmé notes only moments later, “this is how liberty dies.” Ultimately, this moment proves the destruction of the entire republic.

When the wicked rule, the people mourn. Without consistent principles, we are in danger of sacrificing every blessing of freedom we enjoy. The Lord giveth, and the Lord taketh away.

My warning to you is the same caution Master Yoda gives to Luke on Dagobah decades after the rise of the Empire: “Beware of the dark side. … If once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny. Consume you it will, as it did Obi-Wan’s apprentice.”

Richie Angel is a Co-Editor in Chief of The New Guards. Follow him and The New Guards on Twitter, and check out The New Guards on Facebook.

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John Conyers’ denial of wrongdoing is exactly what’s wrong with abusive men in power

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John Conyers denial of wrongdoing is exactly whats wrong with abusive men in power

The longest-sitting member of Congress, Democrat John Conyers of Michigan, is “expressly and vehemently” denying any wrongdoing following Buzzfeed’s blockbuster report that he paid off a former employee by three extra months of pay after firing her for what she claims was opposition to his sexual advances.

She Said A Powerful Congressman Harassed Her. Here’s Why You Didn’t Hear Her Story.

https://www.buzzfeed.com/paulmcleod/she-complained-that-a-powerful-congressman-harassed-her?utm_term=.kwaeyWOB5#.yakGXl5EOConyers confirmed he made the settlement in a statement Tuesday afternoon, hours after this story was published, but said that he “vehemently denied” the claims of sexual harassment at the time and continues to do so.

And the documents also reveal the secret mechanism by which Congress has kept an unknown number of sexual harassment allegations secret: a grinding, closely held process that left the alleged victim feeling, she told BuzzFeed News, that she had no option other than to stay quiet and accept a settlement offered to her.

Unlike accusations that keep popping up on a seemingly daily basis, this one has a very clear paper trail. That the Congressman is denying “wrongdoing” exemplifies a bigger problem than just sexual misconduct. Men like Conyers do bad things, but more importantly they truly believe they should get away with it.

“No wrongdoing” is legaleze

There seems to be no difference, at least in the minds of people like Conyers, between getting away with doing wrong and not actually doing it. At no point yet has Conyers claimed he isn’t a creep who uses his power to manipulate women he employs into being sexual objects for him. That isn’t what’s important to him. What’s important is that he got his victims to sign documents absolving him legally from his actions.

For this reason, he believes he needs to continue to represent the people of Michigan who have kept him in office for half a century.

This is a systemic problem that exists everywhere in free America, but the fact that it’s apparently rampant in Washington DC is utterly disgusting. In a seven-year period, Congress dished out millions of dollars to 235 people for “workplace violations.” Perhaps more infuriating is that it’s not the perpetrators, their campaigns, or their Congressional offices who pay for these settlements. They’re paid by taxpayers.

How Congress plays by different rules on sexual harassment and misconduct

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/how-congress-plays-by-different-rules-on-sexual-harassment-and-misconduct/2017/10/26/2b9a8412-b80c-11e7-9e58-e6288544af98_story.htmlWhen settlements do occur, members do not pay them from their own office funds, a requirement in other federal agencies. Instead, the confidential payments come out of a special U.S. Treasury fund.

Congressional employees have received small settlements, compared with the amounts some public figures pay out. Between 1997 and 2014, the U.S. Treasury has paid $15.2 million in 235 awards and settlements for Capitol Hill workplace violations, according to the congressional Office of Compliance. The statistics do not break down the exact nature of the violations.

How do we stop this from happening? How can we protect the women and men who are victimized? How do we get these creeps out of the halls of power in our nation’s capital? We need to make it as transparent as possible.

Every settlement dollar should be broadcast to the world

If an incident is worthy of having taxpayer dollars used to hush people up, then the people need to know about it. We need to know who did what. While payment of settlements aren’t always done because of actual crimes committed, we should have the ability to discern for ourselves when an elected official does something worthy of a payout.

The club in DC is corrupt. We all know this. While it may be hard to track down all of the wrongdoing, we can at least attempt to address the misconduct by public officials against their own employees. That’s a reasonable expectation.

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If Al Franken will not step down, Roy Moore should finish his Senate campaign win or lose

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This is the double standard that the Democrats have stood on since the days of William Jefferson Clinton.  Now it’s the same with Al Franken.  All the sensitivity training is not going to solve the problems of men and certain women regarding their wild oats.  The timing of Roy Moore’s sexual allegations has come into question because it’s proving to be a political tactic… a very bad one I might add.  Because if you’re going to use sexual harassment as a political weapon, it will be no different than the boy who is crying wolf.

Right now Charlie Rose of CBS and PBS has been called on his bluff on sexual harassment charges. When this will end, who knows? Rose is a TV personality that could be a liability to the networks he works for, thus the suspension from both media outlets.

If Moore is proven to be a schmuck, then his stance on the 10 Commandments was likely a show, even if that show did cost him his job as a judiciary.  I don’t think it is an act.  I think he understands the principles of the U.S. Constitution and the Holy Bible and would die to uphold those documents as natural law.

The narcissist  – if not a sociopath – proved to be such so far in this case is Al Franken.  Sadly he is not the only one. You have such people in both parties.   I said in a previous post on NOQ Report that Bill Clinton was not impeached.  Well, a reader did correct me on that one.  You know though, it feels like it was all just talk, because the Senate would not impeach and remove him.  I do apologize for the slight error in this but to me, Bill Clinton got away with bearing false witness and the progressives just don’t care.  What matters is that their demi-gods get them their desired utopia on earth.

If Roy Moore steps down, he will only admit that he is guilty, even if he is not in this case.  Franken owned out to what he did, but he will not give up his Senate seat.  What does that tell you?

May Roy Moore win the U.S. Senate seat for Alabama.

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Al Franken is getting away with it. That’s why Roy Moore will win

https://www.conservativereview.com/articles/al-franken-is-getting-away-with-it-thats-why-roy-moore-will-win?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=112117franken-getting-away-with-it&utm_campaign=crfbEmbattled with multiple allegations of sexual abuse and inappropriate conduct, Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore refuses to quit his campaign in Alabama. He still thinks he can win, despite the pleadings of national Republicans and conservative media. The truth is, he’s probably right, and D.C.’s institutional hypocrisy is to blame.

Moore’s voters are refusing to quit on him. Elected Alabama officials are defending him. Some are more enthusiastic about Moore’s campaign now than before The Washington Post first printed the bombshell allegations against Moore.

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