In the meantime ...
The Roger Stone Case
Roger Stone is doing a good job demonstrating that the entire Russia Hoax narrative--importantly including the Russia-hacked-the-DNC part of it--is ... a hoax. This is an important, and public, supplement to the Barr/Durham investigation of the ICA.
Stone's argument in pre-trial motions is simply this: The Team Mueller search warrant affidavits against Stone simply assumed that Russians hacked the DNC--that's part of their probable cause narrative. Problem: Probable cause is normally based on independently verifiable information or testimony. In this case the FBI, which is behind the search warrant, did essentially NO investigation to justify the Russia-hacked-the-DNC narrative. They did not examine the DNC server, having been refused access to the physical evidence by the lawyers for the purported victim, the DNC. What they did was to rely on a redacted report by a private company, Crowdstrike, hired by the DNC--which very arguably has an interest in smearing Stone and Trump. Further, Crowdstrike appears not to have followed standard protocols for handling the physical evidence, protocols that the FBI would have been held to had they obtained the physical evidence. And now, having relied on that narrative for purposes of the search warrant Team Mueller wants to say that they can't be held to prove the underlying narrative. Stone says the evidence should all be thrown out and, IMO, that's reasonable. However, all bets are off with Judge Amy Berman Jackson. My understanding, subject to correction, is that if Jackson rules against Stone an interlocutory appeal should be allowed. We shall see.
The Hopester showed up to the House Judiciary Committee in response to her subpoena. However, she declined to answer any questions regarding her time working in the White House. Per Gateway Pundit:
On Tuesday, White House counsel Pat Cipollone sent a letter to Nadler to let him know that Trump had instructed Hope Hicks not to answer any questions about her time in the White House.
White House lawyers refused to let Hope Hicks answer any questions in the closed-door testimony and Jerry Nadler and other Democrat lawmakers are furious.
White House counsel objected to every question about Hicks’ time at the White House as Nadler went through every question one-by-one.
According to Democrat Rep. Ted Lieu (CA), Hope Hicks even refused to answer where her office was located in the White House.
The Dems are labeling assertions of privilege as "obstruction of justice." That's one view, but it's a view that's unlikely to be upheld by any court. Nor is Dem fury likely to make any difference to any but true believers.
Kevin Brock's Pithy Comments Re Congress
Kevin Brock is a former assistant director of intelligence for the FBI. He was also principal deputy director of the National Counterterrorism Center. Today at the Hill he has a pithy commentary: Want the truth? Put your money on Bill Barr, not Jerry Nadler. Yeah, I know--that's about as much of a no brainer as you could ask for, we're short on actual news and Brock makes some legit observations. Like this at the start:
An anonymous, but wise, Wyoming rancher recently summarized special counsel Robert Mueller's report in clear middle-America language: "We know that old boy didn't actually steal any horses, but he's obviously guilty of trying to avoid being hanged for it."
The House Judiciary Committee, led by Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), wants a hangin' no matter what. We know they're serious because they had former Nixon counselor John Dean testify, which had everyone in America under age 60 searching Google. The parallels to Watergate apparently are uncanny in the minds of some. Next up: Maybe Robert DeNiro, since his resemblance to Bob Mueller on "Saturday Night Live" is uncanny, too.
Let's face it, Congress seems little more than a parody now. The legislative branch of our constitutional government has withered to a thin twig, completely overshadowed by the executive and judicial branches that have far more impact on our lives.
Congress's popularity hovers just above that of human traffickers. Their job description is to pass important laws and a budget. They've done neither, consistently, for years.
That's what progressivism will do for representative government--they prefer top down totalitarian solutions and will block all views but their own until they can get that.
However, I was particularly pleased that Brock was thinking along the same lines as commenter Anonymous and I:
Anon: I recommend they trot out a lot of Hollywood celebrities. I know I'ld be impressed.
Me: I'd bet few people under 60 even knew who John Dean was. For them Richard Nixon is probably some mythical figure they've only heard about when their liberal parents wanted to scare them into non-conservative behavior--you could end up like Nixon!
Brock also makes another useful observation, one that I've stressed over the past months. Brock wants Barr and Durham to "zoom in on" several questions that are particularly relevant to the early stages of government activities targeting the Trump campaign. Among those questions I believe this is especially relevant:
Was the Comey investigation conducted in accordance with the Attorney General's Guidelines that protect against law enforcement overreach into the lives of U.S. citizens?
Brock's reasoning is that the FBI's Russia Hoax "investigation"--Crossfire Hurricane--was
an isolated, compartmented investigation by Comey, former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and former agent Peter Strzok - individuals not perceived as steeped in the dense requirements of the intelligence sections of the guidelines.
Brock thinks that Comey, McCabe. and Strzok may have slipped up. I doubt that. I believe they (and especially Strzok, a career CI agent) were better versed in the Guidelines than Brock suspects. Therefore, any departures from the Guidelines--and I don't doubt that there were some--should be presumptively purposeful, intended. And therefore criminal.