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1. "Fellowship of the Orcs" Some time ago I wrote a thread about subterranean creatures at whose behest DC politics continued unabated despite untold depravities being committed by political perpetrators. This is another such effort.
2. James Wolfe, director of security for Sen Intelligence Committee, pleaded not guilty to making false statements to investigators looking into leaks of sensitive information. His attorney Preston Burton planned to file motion to restrict Trumps comments…
3. Wolfe's relationship with reporter Ali Watkins was long under investigation by FBI and other agencies. They made contact with her last June when she worked at Politco and December when she joined NYT. They knew about this relationship for a long time.…
4. Watkins’ attorney is Mark MacDougall and Wolfe’s is Preston Burton. Note that Mark J McDougall is also based out of DC and has Ukranian expertise. Lets explore each lawyer and their law firms…
5. McDougall’s law firm, Akin Gump boasts Leslie B. Kiernan who joined the firm after serving for three years in the Obama Administration, including as Deputy White House Counsel…
6. Whats better than one Obama acolyte? Two of course. Amp Feldman joined Akin Gump after serving as special representative for Afghanistan & Pakistan (SRAP) at the U.S. Department of State, actively shaping Obama Administration’s policies for the region…
7. Akin Gump hired former White House liaison to the Senate, Ed Pagano, as partner in its public law and policy practice in 2014. Pagano spent two years as an assistant to President Obama, working on judicial nominations, gun control, immigration reform.
8. He also worked for Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) for almost two decades, most recently serving as his chief of staff.…
9. Turns out Mark McDougall represents Rinat Akhmetov, he defends Rinat vehemently in this article to Washington examiner.…
10. Akhmetov is a Ukrainian steel magnate whose company is based in Russian-speaking part of Ukraine & has close ties to Viktor Yanukovych, leader of the Russia-friendly Party of Regions. Rinat hired Manafort who was hired by Party of Regions thereafter…
11. Glenn Simpson knew about Paul Manafort and pitched this idea to Perkins Coie, all the while Tony Podesta, Manafort and Yanukovych were all connected.
12. Preston Burton, Wolfe’s lawyer, left Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe In 2011 to start his own firm with Gregory Poe. Their new firm was called Poe & Burton. In 2016, Preston joined BuckleySandler LLP in their DC office.
13. Buckley Sandler hired Tina Tchen in 2017 as a partner in the Chicago office.  Tchen served in the Obama administration as Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to Michelle Obama.…
14. Tina Tchen shared the stage with Hillary at this conference.…
15. On 3/3/16 Michael Zeldin SC at Buckley Sandler wrote to John Podesta “This is really good. I hope my comments helped shape this message” discussing how Hillary’s speeches could use “make America whole again"
BuckleySandler was helping Hillary win…
16. Zeldin served as court appointed Counsel charged with investigating allegations of impropriety by G.H.W. Bush admin with respect to then candidate Bill Clinton’s privacy rights
He went on to help Bill’s wife try to win 2016. Not so independent eh?…
17. Preston Burton, Wolfe’s lawyer is an expert on Foreign intelligence surveillance: In fact in 2015 FISC appointed Preston Burton to weigh in on whether government could retain millions of telephone records that it collected in bulk since at least 2006.…
18. A federal judge appointed Preston Burton to represent Deborah Jeane Palfrey against charges that she ran an illegal D.C. prostitution ring in Washington under the guise of an escort business.…
19. He represented Monica Lewinsky and spies such as CIA agent Aldrich H. Ames, former FBI agent Robert P. Hanssen and former Defense Intelligence Agency analyst Ana Belen Montes. He seems to be a specialist on spies and FISC, isn't that something? (Not saying Lewinsky is a spy)
20. Why would court appoint a guy who represented spies and moles to comment on FISC/FiSA activities? This after he was court appointed to represent a DC madame. In 2006, Washingtonian described him as “still the man to see if you’re a spy.” How peculiar.…
21. Judge Michael Mosman, who asked Preston Burton to be amicus on FISC is a GW Bush appointee. What was his role in the FISA/FISC surveillance warrants on the Trump administration? Its not a rhetorical question, I don't know the answer. You do some digging here.
22. Deborah Jeane Palfrey, the DC madame who was being represented by Preston asked that he be removed, she had done so with her previous lawyer as well. Her story is a fascinating one should you choose to read it.…
23. For days leading up to ABC's exclusive interview with Palfrey, reporter Brian Ross teased Palfrey's clientele included White House officials, lobbyists, and Pentagon, FBI, and IRS employees, as well as prominent lawyers.
24. ABC backed away from naming names, and Palfrey accused the network of bowing to government pressure by. In the end, the network revealed most prominent officials on Palfrey's client list, including Republican senator David Vitter, Deputy Secretary of State Randall Tobias.
25. Palfrey claimed that in addition to phone numbers of CIA officials who used her service, she had top-secret documents implicating a CIA officer in a kickback scheme that involved government contracts awarded to his friends.…
26. In circumstances eerily similar to those of last few days, Deborah Jean Palfrey was found dead in April 2008. She apparently hung herself, her mother found her body in the shed. Nobody questioned circumstances of her demise. Her death was ruled suicide…
27. To recap: Both lawyers/law firms repressing Wolfe & Watkins have deep connections to Obama, Clinton and one to Ukraine/Russia. One has expertise in FISA.
28. Wolfe pleading not guilty is part of an elaborate & concerted plan to scuttle the investigation and use decades of legal expertise defending leakers, spies and friends of Hillary and Obama. Its all been done before, a three chord song with different lyrics
29. I am disinclined to write threads these days, but when I do, its difficult to stop. I apologize for verbosity but what's to be said, better be said well, and clearly. Its hard to make sense of ever morphing tortuosity whilst media obfuscation threatens to ossify cognition
30. I must now lapse into my customary languor that inevitably follows any exertion.
“When one realises one is asleep, at that moment one is already half-awake.”
― P.D. Ouspensky
See you guys on the morrow,
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