​Why are The AG and the FBI Director Stonewalling Their Own Party in Congress?

​Irma is coming, no doubt about it. We all know how it works. A hurricane gathers force in the Eastern Atlantic and moves West towards and through the Caribbean, usually raking over at least part of the West Indies and landing somewhere between, and including, Mexico and Florida, or even further up the coast. How much damage any specific storm will actually do remains hard to predict. Each storm has it’s own peculiar path that it will follow. And we can only prepare and wait.


Consider this: although Irma is big news; and North Korea is becoming more dangerous by the day, there is another storm slowly building on Capitol Hill and I dont mean DACA. It's gathering steam under the radar because these are unusual times with lots of storm activity, mostly of the political kind.

In a series of articles in The Washington Examiner, Byron York has been following the Trump Dossier story and the stand off between the FBI (and by extension high-level officials in the DOJ) and the administration and especially Congress.

Both the Senate Judiciary Committee and the House Intel Committee have been demanding that senior FBI officials appear before their committees to talk about whether and how the Trump Dossier, compiled by British ex-spy Christopher Steele, was used as a basis for the various Russia probes onging at the FBI. The FBI and DOJ have refused to comply so far, stating National Security reasons.

Now a further set of subpoenas have been issued by the House Intel Committee to FBI Director Chris Wray and AG Sessions himself to explain why their agency or department are not willing to testify before Congress.

Hold on a minute. Jeff Sessions? Get it? Christopher Wray? Both GOP-appointed heads. Of. the. same. party. As the House and Senate? What gives? Is this a power struggle between Congress and the Executive? Or is there more to this? Why are they unwilling to talk about the Trump Dossier when both sides are on the same side of the aisle, and when the future of the administration is theoretically and potentially at stake?

Is there something about the Dossier that truly involves national security? Is it actually a way to spy on Russia and place worms or other trojan-like hacks in Russian intel systems? That seems hardly likely, but right now we have no idea why both the FBI and Justice are unwilling to talk to Congress.

They should and it will be interesting to see how Director Wray and AG Sessions respond to these latest subpoenas. Given what has happened so far, delay and deny will likely be their ongoing tactics and/or strategy. We still don't know why however. And this is a storm that will either end up with impeachment demands (it already has), or embarrass more than a few officials. We will see how this storm plays out.

Posted by Keeley at September 7, 2017 12:36 PM
Comments
Comment #419773

Tough time for the Global Warming Deniers.

Posted by: phx8 at September 11, 2017 2:56 PM
Comment #419774

The West has been burning and it barely even made the news. Ashes fell like snow in Portland, the first time since Mt. St. Helens in 1980. OR, MT, CA, and British Columbia all suffered huge fires caused by- take a wild guess- an unusually hot dry summer. Fires occur every year, but not like this.

Meanwhile, Global Warming predicts warmer oceans and warmer air will cause hurricanes to carry more energy and deliver more rain, and guess what… Harvey and Irma. That’s three 1/500 year floods (or worse) for Houston in three years, and Irma set just about every measureable record for a Cat 5 hurricane in terms of strength and duration.

Wonder if Trump & Mulvaney will still insist on budgets reducing funding for FEMA? Oh, and nice job by Trump last month, repealing Obama regulations to restrict federal building projects in flood plains, and requiring stricter building codes as a way to deal with Climate Change.

Let’s hear what all those people advocating small government and deregulation think now! And let’s see what those 180 Republican Congressman, including 20 from Texas and 2 Texan Senators, think about aid after Harvey. They didn’t hesitate to stick it to people in NJ and NY after the flooding by Sandy.

If there was any justice in the world, only the homes of Global Warming Deniers like Limbaugh and Trump and Coulter and Hannity would be damaged as a result of Climate Change, but that is not how it works. Those people hurt everyone, and everyone suffers as a result.

Posted by: phx8 at September 11, 2017 3:09 PM
Comment #419775

Our Pal phx8 finally has some “weather” to hang his “climate” theory on.

We understand the goal of the Liberals and socialist; bankrupt the United States to bring on a one-world government with all but a few in poverty and enslavement.

His hatred is evident by his “justice” desire for Conservatives and others who understand man’s puny ability to affect climate and dare disagree with MMGW.

Hate away phx8, it looks good on you.

Posted by: Royal Flush at September 11, 2017 5:09 PM
Comment #419777

Hillary Clinton tells us why she lost. I am quite confident her Liberal supporters here on WB agree.

Clinton Blames Comey, Russia, WikiLeaks, Facebook, Fake News, Voter ID Laws, Sexism, and Misogyny for Losing
‘And let’s not forget sexism and misogyny, which are endemic to our society’

My hope for Hillary; may she rest in peace at home with Bill.

Posted by: Royal Flush at September 11, 2017 5:35 PM
Comment #419780

pdx8, look up Paul Beckwith from the University of Ottawa on YT. One summer very soon, there will be a full melt of all the ice in the arctic, and after that, we’re just going to be living on a different planet than the one that humans have ever lived on in their entire existence. This process is accelerating, and weather patterns are not going to be what they have been.

Posted by: ohrealy at September 11, 2017 9:34 PM
Comment #419783

ohrealy,
Looked up Beckwith. Interesting stuff. Abrupt climate change is a big risk. We are essentially running the biggest uncontrolled experiment in history on the planet. The potential for feedback loops is real, whether it is in the Arctic, Antarctic, or the Amazon.

No one weather event can be attributed to Global Warming with certainty, but the events with Harvey, Irma, and the forests burning in the West match Global Warming predictions. Warmer water and air mean more powerful hurricanes with more rain. Houston alone has suffered three 1/500 year rain events in just three years.

The forest fires in Oregon were terrible. They are in the south and in the Gorge. One day the air quality was so awful because of the smoke, it was like Peking on a bad day. It was overcast for a week- with smoke. Everyone was coughing. My wife and one of my granddaughters are asthmatic, and the little one had to go to the doctor because of the smoke. Warmer temperatures mean dryer forests, and beetle infestations have killed a lot of trees. Normally cold winters would kill the beetles, but that’s not happening, and now the forests are full of fuel to burn.

So far 2017 is the second or third warmest year on record, after 2015 and 2016. Not good. The high temperatures are not a result of El Nino this time. And unfortunately, there is such a tremendous amount of energy involved in Warming that it will be very hard to stop this train once it leaves the station.

Posted by: phx8 at September 11, 2017 10:29 PM
Comment #419784

pdx8, UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!
I was watching flooding in very familiar places in Orlando on the news earlier.

I’ll get into this later, but David Pakman was talking about The Clausius-Clapeyron Equation or Clausius–Clapeyron relation, which I tried to explain to skeptics, almost everyone here years ago.

Increases in temperature cause increases in the ability for the atmosphere to move water from evaporation to land.

http://www.science.uwaterloo.ca/~cchieh/cact/c123/clausius.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clausius%E2%80%93Clapeyron_relation

Posted by: ohrealy at September 11, 2017 10:43 PM
Comment #419785

“The Clausius–Clapeyron relation shows how the water-holding capacity of the atmosphere increases by about 8% per Celsius increase in temperature… when atmospheric temperature increases (e.g., due to greenhouse gases) the absolute humidity should also increase exponentially… However, this purely thermodynamic argument is subject of considerable debate because convective processes might cause extensive drying due to increased areas of subsidence, efficiency of precipitation could be influenced by the intensity of convection, and because cloud formation is related to relative humidity.”
Wikipedia, “Atmospheric Thermodynamics”

The really scary word there is “exponentially.”

The amount of rain brought by Harvey was amazing.

The power of Irma was equally amazing. Maybe more so. The storm spent 37 hours at Cat 5 with winds of 185 mph. To put it into perspective, the next closest was Typhoon Haiyan at 24 hours.

Posted by: phx8 at September 11, 2017 11:24 PM
Comment #419786

At first, I thought the meteorologists in FL were having hurricane envy after Harvey, but Irma eventually delivered. I’m curious about what Cigartown in Tampa looks like. The buildings are very sturdy. The rule used to be that the strongest storms were the early ones in the alphabet like Andrew and Camille. Now, it just goes on and on. Also, there has been very little cyclone activity in the Pacific. I follow them on this site:

https://earth.nullschool.net/#current/wind/surface/level/orthographic=301.46,10.64,298

Double click any spot on the globe to magnify.

Posted by: ohrealy at September 11, 2017 11:38 PM
Comment #419793

How boring to read the man-Gods writing about humans controlling climate.

Posted by: Royal Flush at September 12, 2017 2:34 PM
Comment #419809

Where in Keeley’s post was Global Warming, weather, hurricanes even mentioned? Do I have to read it again, between the lines, to find a reference to global warming?

You can fix the technical issues on this site, but you can’t fix the injection of propaganda. Never let a crisis go to waste, right?

Posted by: Weary Willie at September 13, 2017 10:20 AM
Comment #419810

OOPS! There it is! First paragraph. My bad.

We had an exercise in grade school called “Which one doesn’t belong?”. I guess Keeley didn’t do that one, because clearly he has 2 different articles mixed into one.
Which is it, Keeley? Is it a MMGW article, or a Trump Dossier article?

Posted by: Weary Willie at September 13, 2017 10:26 AM
Comment #419812

South FL Rpblcns laugh at idiot climate change deniers, including idiot governor Scott, and Pruitt won’t do it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4Do3Vjwuyc

Non-existent Keeley, the investigators don’t want to help idiots like Nunes assist the POS with his innumerable obstructions of justice.

A Second Look at the Steele Dossier—Knowing What We Know Now:
https://www.justsecurity.org/44697/steele-dossier-knowing/

Posted by: ohrealy at September 13, 2017 11:12 AM
Comment #419816

It will be interesting to see if Nunes gets charged with Obstruction of Justice. He sent a subpoena for information about the relationship between the DOJ, FBI, and the Steel Dossier. He was supposed to be recused from anything to do with the Russian investigation, but sent the subpoena anyway. He was the ONLY person from the House Intelligence Committee to make the request, and ONLY he signed it.

DOJ has already refused the request. They also quietly stated Friday that there is no evidence whatsoever that Obama wiretapped Trump Tower. It was, quite simply, a lie. Gasp! Imagine that! Trump lied.

The Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by Trump supporter Senator Grassley, has yet to release the transcripts of the testimony from the guy from Fusion re the Steele Dossier. No doubt GOP Senators were very unhappy to see the Fusion people publicly state that they would be fine making the transcripts public.

On a more salacious note…
Trump is compromised. There are supposedly multiple video and audio tapes from Moscow and St. Petersburg. In the worst one, Trump was supposed to sleep in the same hotel bed as Obama and Michelle, but he brought in hookers to ur*nate on the bed in order to ‘defile’ it. Apparently the hookers were initially denied access at the hotel’s front desk and they made quite a stink. There are multiple witnesses to the scene at check-in.

Posted by: phx8 at September 13, 2017 4:05 PM
Comment #419817

ohrealy,
Good links. Fun to watch the FL Republican laugh at Scott Pruitt from the EPA. Anti-intellectualism and an anti-science works very poorly when faced with Harvey and Irma.

The Steele Dossier is raw intelligence. The Mueller investigation will use it as a jumping off point, no doubt. I used to dismiss the stuff about Trump’s sexual activities in Russia, but there is enough going around that I find it much more believable now.

Posted by: phx8 at September 13, 2017 4:16 PM
Comment #419818

“…there is enough going around that I find it much more believable now.”
Posted by: phx8 at September 13, 2017 4:16 PM

That’s what lemmings do phx8; follow the hysteria off the cliff.

Posted by: Royal Flush at September 13, 2017 4:27 PM
Comment #419819

I think phx8 forgot we already know he’s always WRONG.

Posted by: Weary Willie at September 13, 2017 5:29 PM
Comment #419820

I wonder why phx8 and ohrealy aren’t carrying on about the Menendez case? That’s an actual trial going on and they seem to be ignorant of it.

Posted by: Weary Willie at September 13, 2017 5:38 PM
Comment #419822

pdx8, the POS has already passed the 1000 lies point. Something that hasn’t been mentioned often is that much of the WH staff, such as it is, are Jeff Sessions’ people.

Grassley actually put a stop to some of Icahn’s efforts, although just by access, Icahn’s stock valuation went up by half a billion. I’m still reading the New Yorker article on that.

On the salacious aspect, “s*x parties” in St.Petersburg sounds like something more than a pee pee tape. Michael Cohen is in a lot of trouble, among others. Ignorant people who can only parrot what they’re told, are not able to understand how upset Ukrainians were that Manafort became chair of that campaign.

The far right wingers here haven’t gotten the message from above yet, that reading and writing are cosmopolitan elitist, although they barely ever write anything more than LOOK, SQUIRREL!

For people who haven’t figured it out yet, the articles under the names AllardK, Keeley and DanikaK are all posted by the same person.

There’s a new article by “Keeley” which seems to be about Kaspersky Labs. It’s too bad there won’t be any intelligent discussion of it. Besides C&J, there was another good right wing author here named Lee Jamison. I wonder what happened to all the people who used to comment here.

I spent a lot of time on that beach in Naples FL many years ago.

Posted by: ohrealy at September 13, 2017 8:37 PM
Comment #419838

ohrealy, it’s probably because you, phx8, j2t2, and the rest of the liberals who dominate this site have been saying the same exact things for the last 10 years. Nothing new, just repeating partisan gossip over and over.

It’s really boring listening to you guys gush.

Posted by: Weary Willie at September 14, 2017 9:39 AM
Comment #419839

ohrealy,
The articles are poor. There is not much point in reading them, other than noting the ostensible topic, and seeing what conspiracy theory is making the rounds among conservatives. WB has degenerated into a handful of intelligent comments from the left, and a handful of inarticulate trolls on the right.

Part of it is the nature of conservatism these days, the anti-intellectualism, and the willingness to follow the likes of Trump, Hannity, Limbaugh, and others. There is virtually nothing too ridiculous for conservatives to believe, whether it is how Democrats are furious at Obama, or the Seth Rogers conspiracy, or the myriad of lies spouted by Trump on an almost daily basis. Racism, bigotry, misogyny, and xenophobia rule the roost on the right. Comments on WB from the conservatives rarely exceed a few sentences, and offer little insight.

So why WB? Occasionally comments from you and a few others are worthwhile. The site could be good. But how much longer we bother is open to question.

Posted by: phx8 at September 14, 2017 12:32 PM
Comment #419840

I generally get more interested in the site around elections. In between, I found that there was so little to read that I stopped looking in frequently enough to comment. I enjoy searching and looking at the old discussions years ago when there were so many participants, and people were more respectful. Your comments were always of particular interest. I guess the site doesn’t cost anything if they’re not hosting pictures, so it will probably continue.

I finished the article on Icahn. I had no idea that he was actually the one choosing all these Goldman Sachs people for the POS administration. They’re all just so crooked that it’s unbelievable it continues day by day. No sensible conservative could defend this garbage, so we’re stuck with the one-liners from the usual suspects. The right wing media is not going to get better, it’s going to get even worse with Sinclair expanding.

Posted by: ohrealy at September 14, 2017 2:17 PM
Comment #419842

phx8 complains about the quality of comments on WB. Funny how wonderful WB was before Hillary Clinton crashed and burned. In her new book Hillary has trashed everything the Liberals here on WB hold dear, including the Bernie.

They no longer have Obama to trumpet, or the rise of the welfare state to brag about.

The jobs are coming back, wages are rising by market forces rather than government edict. Another cherished piece of bullshit logic destroyed.

I could go on about what has already been accomplished by a president who cares about every American and is willing to stand up for what he promised.

The followers of Liberal/Socialist/Communist theology are running out of fake news and failing policies. Where they expected success they have realized defeat.

The bottom line phx8; you can’t handle the truth.

Posted by: Royal Flush at September 14, 2017 2:48 PM
Comment #419844

I’m hearing a lot of trash talk about Yvanka and Jarred K. but I never see them quoted. I’m having a hard time believing what’s true and what isn’t. phx8 has already demonstrated his ability to spew fake news to the point his comments are obnoxious. It’s been the same tired lies, constantly cluttering up this site, that have reduced WatchBlog to what it’s become. Are the left ever constructive on this site? I’d say, “No.”, they simply make insinuations and do name calling.

Why haven’t you guys on the left criticized Menendez? Why is his trial not the front page news for the duration, the same as if it were a Republican on trial?

It’s because of the bias and hypocrisy by the left. It is so obvious they have to know they’re doing it and choose to fall on the second most used tactic by Democratics. They lie.

Posted by: Weary Willie at September 14, 2017 4:30 PM
Comment #419845

https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/3986050/DOJ-Motion-for-Summary-Judgement-on-Wiretaps-FOIA.pdf

The document’s scope was to identify any requests, grants, or rejections for warrants made legally. It says nothing about an investigation into whether actual surveillance was perpetrated.

But then you fall back onto the “supposedly” argument. All speculation and innuendo after that, or perhaps, more likely, lies.

Posted by: Weary Willie at September 14, 2017 5:10 PM
Comment #419846

Good article on the fires in the West:

https://www.outsideonline.com/2239836/why-west-burning

“Since 1970, the annual wildfire season has grown in duration by 78 days. Since 1984, the area annual burned by wildfire has doubled. The Forest Service estimates that area may double again by 2050.

Climate change is also bringing wildfires to new areas, and to a degree never before seen. Since the 1980s, the area burned annually in the northern Rockies has increased 3,000 percent. In the Pacific Northwest, it’s a 5,000 percent increase over the same period. Between 1978 and 1982, the average burn time of a fire was just six days. Between 2003 and 2012, it was 52 days.”

Posted by: phx8 at September 14, 2017 5:51 PM
Comment #419847

That’s interesting. I wonder what the wildfire situation was in the 18, 17, 16, th centuries in that area of the world.
What do you think, phx8? Were there fluctuations in wildfires in the American West in the last 1000 years?

You don’t know, do you? I assume you’re trying to prove MMGW with this last comment. It does nothing of the sort. It’s simply a description of a moment in time. It’s nothing more. To draw the conclusion these wildfires you mention are a result of MMGW is a kin to believing witches float.


Posted by: Weary Willie at September 14, 2017 6:32 PM
Comment #419848

I don’t believe our pal phx8 has a degree in natural resource management; and he is unqualified to offer any explanation of, or resolution for forest fires.

The Liberal will almost always point to MMGW to explain mother nature’s extremes. That requires no brain, no effort and no study.

The federal government continues to usurp Western lands but is not prepared to manage such huge acreage of forest and grass.

The national forest service; succumbing to Liberal environmental pressure, has limited roads and access to many forested areas. Thus, fire prevention and control is made more difficult.

There is much that can be done to alleviate and ameliorate the problem if science is employed rather than emotion.

Posted by: Royal Flush at September 14, 2017 6:40 PM
Comment #419849

The politics involved with funding for fighting the fires is just another example of what happens when civility breaks down. Ryan and McConnell are never going to be concerned with a problem that doesn’t directly affect them, and don’t even care that much about their own constituents. They have no interest in additional agenda items not authorized by their paymasters, and the lobbyists help keep them in line. Corruption has a price, and we’re surpassing all the smaller scandals of the past this year, with an administration of irresponsible idiots only interested in self-aggrandizement, and a Congress in the hands of people who can only talk about discredited theories than have never worked.

There’s a tropical depression off the coast of China just south of Shanghai, another area that will eventually be under water.

Posted by: ohrealy at September 14, 2017 6:50 PM
Comment #419851

The federal government turned down Oregon’s request for help fighting the fires. No explanation was offered.

Global Warming predictions said there would be more forest fires due to higher temperatures, and that is what has been happening. As the article notes, the difference in aridity is measureable. Temperatures in the west are higher. Forests are dryer. Predictions also said hurricanes would be more powerful. Irma and Harvey fit those predictions.

Atmospheric CO2 has increased 40% since the Industrial Revolution, from 280 ppm to over 400 ppm. That is measureable. CO2 is a greenhouse gas. The warming is measureable, on land and in the sea. The ocean’s ph has changed measurably due to the CO2 released by burning fossil fuels.

Posted by: phx8 at September 14, 2017 7:14 PM
Comment #419853

Jose is making a turn towards hurricane alley, but it doesn’t have the strength of its predecessors.

There are a couple of different plans to reduce CO2 in the atmosphere, but it’s probably too late to reverse the effects on climate change for many years to come. Here’s one guy trying to do something:

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/531346/can-sucking-co2-out-of-the-atmosphere-really-work/

Most of these kinds of efforts will probably happen in other countries now that we have a government so hostile to reality.

Posted by: ohrealy at September 14, 2017 8:01 PM
Comment #419854

Eco terrorists are responsible for “saving the trees” but instead have put them in danger from wildfires because of the dead growth and neglect. That can’t be blamed on 2 people as ohrealy insists. That’s narrow minded thinking, partisan in it’s nature, and bias in it’s core.

If anyone can verify the fact that hurricanes this size didn’t exist and were not possible before the industrial revolution then I will consider that. In the absence of that fact I will side with the most productive and beneficial economy in history.


Posted by: Weary Willie at September 14, 2017 8:05 PM
Comment #419855

If they can make Co2 scrubbers that supply a demand and make a profit then they have my blessing. More power to them. They have some obstacles to overcome and I’m sure they will be asking for government money. That’s where reality takes a break and “defiantly optimistic” dreams take over.

If scrubbing the atmosphere of Co2 is economical then I’m all for it. If it relies on government subsidies to get it started and keep it going then it is not the answer.


Posted by: Weary Willie at September 14, 2017 8:19 PM
Comment #419871

Picking and choosing which MMGW predictions are happening is simply a game of Liberal hypocrisy. My uninformed Pal phx8 apparently is unaware of all the “predictions” that went looking for a happening.

Of course, “predictions” are “settled science” in the politics of the weak minded and easily led.

Posted by: Royal Flush at September 15, 2017 2:26 PM
Comment #419872

Here are predictions from NASA:

https://climate.nasa.gov/effects/

These are happening. They are measureable. They are observable. They are supported by data.

Posted by: phx8 at September 15, 2017 2:52 PM
Comment #419873

So phx8, “predictions” become science?

Do you really want me to list all the scary MMGW “predictions” over the past two decades that have not happened?

Posted by: Royal Flush at September 15, 2017 2:57 PM
Comment #419874

Some things never change:

Comment #221242
Why argue with the flat earth society about global warming? Reality is not changed by denying it.
Posted by: ohrealy at May 24, 2007 5:56 PM

Comment #221264
Maybe I argue for more than just their benefit. It helps to clear up the facts when others willingly or unknowingly cloud them up.
Posted by: Stephen Daugherty at May 24, 2007 11:40 PM

I hope SD is well and safe. He had an illness recently, and AFAIK, lives in the Houston area.

Posted by: ohrealy at September 15, 2017 3:50 PM
Comment #419875

Sorry to read that Mr. Daugherty has been ill. We pray for the return of his good health.

I love the linked video of the eleven year old kid mowing the White House lawn.

It reminds me of myself at that age. I mowed lawns and had a paper route and my own savings account.

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/09/15/donald-trump-high-fives-11-year-old-frank-giaccio-came-mow-white-house-lawn/

Posted by: Royal Flush at September 15, 2017 3:57 PM
Comment #419882

http://www.drawdown.org/solutions

for people actually interested in the subject. One problem that is occurring now in Hawaii is the electrical grid not being able to absorb enough of the power generated by private solar.

Posted by: ohrealy at September 15, 2017 10:01 PM
Comment #419883

ohrealy, it’s the best to be self sufficient. What is the State of Hawaii planning to do with it’s excess of electricity?

Some would say they should lower the price of electricity to get people to use more of it. That would be one path they could take, yes?

It sounds like a good path to me. Lower the price of electricity so the consumer can afford to use more of it. I would consider myself lucky if I had a surplus of electricity at my disposal.

Posted by: Weary Willie at September 15, 2017 10:30 PM
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