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What Barr is really looking for by investigating the investigators

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What Barr is really looking for by investigating the investigators

Attorney General William Barr told Congress today that “spying did occur” against the Trump campaign in 2016. Now, many Trump supporters and conservative pundits are pointing to Barr’s comments as confirmation the actions of the FBI were unnecessary. Meanwhile, Trump’s detractors are pointing out there’s no evidence to back Barr’s claim.

Here are the two best Tweets I found exemplifying these two perspectives.

From the right:

From the left:

While I respect both perspectives and the people giving them, they’re both technically incorrect. Therein lies the problem with hot takes on social media. But it’s not just social media that’s missing on this one. Nearly every story I’ve read on the issue tries to paint it one way or another about evidence of this or evidence of that. Let’s break it all down to see what’s really happening at the Department of Justice.

Spying

For whatever reason, Barr chose to use this unfortunate and politically charged word. He knew it was incorrect in the context of his testimony, but he chose to use it anyway. Let’s be clear. “Spying” almost certainly did not occur, not by definition. For it to be considered “spying,” the FBI would have needed to be acting on behalf of the DNC or the Clinton campaign, sharing information that they uncover directly with them and not in the context of a criminal investigation. If that did occur, then a full-blown criminal investigation would be underway and the general public would hear absolutely nothing about it, especially from the Attorney General himself.

Trump supporters might say that the FBI was clearly working on behalf of the Clinton campaign in an effort to discredit President Trump and swing the election towards Hillary Clinton, and that seems to be likely considering what we know about the players thus far, but it still does not constitute “spying.” It was an investigation and information was not shared with the campaign. If it had been, then as I mentioned before this would be a criminal investigation and we wouldn’t hear about it until things were wrapping up.

Barr’s use of the word is charged with implications ahead of the release of Robert Mueller’s redacted report. This is the disappointing part of the whole mess.

Justification

What is almost certainly actually happening here is a review of the procedures and steps taken, specifically what order they were taken and whether or not they were justifiable by the law. Surveillance for the sake of the investigation may seem like “spying” to the average citizen, but it’s within the context of where the revelations of the surveillance ended up that determines whether it can be considered “spying” or not. If the FBI was collecting evidence and sharing that evidence with the Clinton campaign, it’s spying. But there have been no indications this is what happened.

Instead, Barr will try to determine whether or not the steps taken by the FBI to establish benchmarks for action within the investigation were proper. This is where the abnormalities will become more apparent. If the FBI came to inappropriate conclusions that led to actions which were then utilized in getting the FISA warrants, then there’s a problem. This is what Barr’s investigation is trying to find, and based on what we’ve seen on the public forum so far, there’s a good chance this happened. But we also do not have the full picture. We haven’t seen all the players involved. This doesn’t bode well for the FBI because chances are strong once other people are investigated and information is gleaned, it will make the premise behind the steps within the investigation seem less justifiable.

Under normal circumstances, agents are supposed to lay clear paths that can allow prosecutors to present information through legal means. Two facts seem to counter the FBI’s claims that their actions were justified. The most glaring is the assumed results of the Mueller investigation. Based on the information we have so far, Mueller’s investigation was not able to find collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. That’s a big flop for the FBI because it means the steps they took to come to the conclusions that resulted in elevating the investigation to its various levels may have been erroneous and/or unjustified.

The second fact that hurts the FBI is the use of media reports to establish their basis for needing surveillance and other components of the investigation. This isn’t unprecedented, but it’s usually considered a stretch for law enforcement to rely on the investigation of outside parties to justify accelerating their own investigation. What makes this particular case worse for them is that the outside parties were associated with opposition research. Credibility of sources is extremely important when trying to secure warrants. It will be difficult for the FBI to demonstrate their investigation was justifiable if it was prompted by reports from those who opposed President Trump’s campaign.

Conclusion

If Barr is able to clearly demonstrate the FBI was acting from political bias instead of sound investigative practices, then the President’s claims of it being a “witch hunt” will be fully realized. Mainstream media will have to squirm through that one for the remainder of the 2020 election cycle.

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Border patrol spots drone used to help illegal immigrants breach the border

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Border patrol spots drone used to help illegal immigrants breach the border

Human smuggling has gone high tech. At least it can be verified. At this point, it’s likely people have been using drone technology to assist in getting illegal immigrants across the border for a long time. It’s been used for drug trafficking as well, so thinking this is a new occurrence is likely erroneous.

But now we have proof-positive the efforts to get criminal illegal aliens across the border is a sophisticated operation.

Two of those apprehended were known gang members and one was a convicted sex offender, according to the Border Patrol. They now are being held in U.S. jails pending criminal prosecution.

Opinion

An under-reported challenge facing border patrol is the rise of criminal illegal immigrants crossing the border, sometimes not for the first time. We hear all about the groups of dozens or hundreds of migrants crossing the border and seeking to get apprehended so they can claim asylum and be released into the interior, but what about those who aren’t seeking asylum, who don’t want to be caught, and who are likely part of criminal elements?

Every border patrol agent who is tasked with processing paperwork for the migrants is a border patrol agent taken away from the necessary work of apprehending the criminals crossing over. This is why the use of drone technology is so discouraging. Right now, we have to rely on our technological prowess to cover much of the border. With the bad guys also using technology to thwart these efforts, it makes the already-difficult job of patrolling our border even more difficult and dangerous.

The left needs to understand that not everybody crossing over is just seeking a better honest life. Many are crossing the border for drugs, to join gangs, and even specifically to commit acts of violence against Americans. We need border patrol focusing on catching these bad guys, not serving paperwork to people who are unwilling to wait in line and enter the country legally.

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“Approximately two minutes after the object returned back to Mexico for the third time, a group of 10 subjects made an illegal entry into the U.S. in the same area in which the object had been traveling. This is the first known time in recent history that a drone has been utilized as a ‘look-out’ in order to aid in illegal entries in the El Paso Sector.” – Border Patrol Statement

Final Thoughts

With so much time, money, and manpower used by border patrol to apprehend the migrants wanting to be caught, those who don’t want to get caught have the advantage. These are the dangerous elements not seeking asylum. They seek to do harm.

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Trey Gowdy on the future of investigations in wake of Mueller report

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Trey Gowdy on the future of investigations in wake of Mueller report

Former Congressman Trey Gowdy took to Fox News to talk to Martha MacCallum about the release of Robert Mueller’s report on Russian election interference from 2016. His interview was arguably the most impressive take on the release so far.

As MacCallum notes, the divide really started with the Bill Clinton impeachment. Lawmakers ran to their respective political party corners and one can argue they never returned to the middle to become a single Congress again.

As for Gowdy, he pointed out the unfortunate reality that the American people are going to have to suffer (and pay for) more investigations from Congress and other entities who are not and will never be satisfied with how the Mueller probe concluded.

But perhaps the biggest takeaway from Gowdy is his belief that former FBI Agent Peter Strzok should and will be investigated in the wake of the Mueller report. This is important because Gowdy has never been one who shied away from the Mueller investigation, nor did he believe it should be made public.

Watch this video. Gowdy is in rare form by giving the cold, hard truth while not playing partisan games. Best take of the investigation so far.

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Border patrol nabs Mexican Mafia member ‘La Bestia’ crossing the border illegally

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Border patrol nabs Mexican Mafia member La Bestia crossing the border illegally

A 29-year-old Mexican national was apprehended by border patrol trying to illegally cross over into the United States. The man, known as “La Bestia” or “The Beast,” had been previously convicted and deported for Obstruction or Retaliation.

He is a known member of the Mexican Mafia as well as the 18th Street Gang. Border patrol spotting him crossing the border nine miles west of the Calexico port of entry.

Opinion

On the surface, this might seem like minor news. But the left continuously screams that there is no reason for a border wall or increased security at the border. Their claims, led in large part by the politically charged rhetoric of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, are that the way to improve border security is to buff up the ports of entry.

Here’s the obvious problem with that. They’re correct in saying most apprehensions of criminals and smugglers happen at the ports of entry. But that’s not evidence of how the dangerous elements of illegal immigration move. It simply means the ones who are crossing the large swaths of unprotected border are harder to apprehend. Yes, a wall will work. Yes, increased resources and manpower for border security will work. Yes, improved technology will work. In conjunction with one another, these solutions will help to not only catch those who try to cross over illegally but will also dissuade many from even trying.

This is logical, yet the narrative is designed to make the President and the Republicans seem like fearmongers. It isn’t fearmongering when the threats are legitimate. At the border, they most certainly are.

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“The continued vigilance of our agents led to the apprehension of this criminal. This dangerous man is off our streets and no longer a danger to the members of our community.” – Assistant Chief Patrol Agent David S. Kim

Final Thoughts

As long as Democrats and leftist media push the narrative that the threats coming across the border illegally are minimal, they’re going to keep crossing. We have to take the threat seriously. The left must stop hiding behind political agendas.

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