Morning Greatness: Federal Judges Association Calls ‘Emergency’ Meeting About Trump Tweet

Good Tuesday morning.

Here’s what’s on the president’s agenda today:

  • The president participates in a briefing with the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee and LA 2028 Organizers in Los Angeles, CA
  • President Trump participates in a roundtable with supporters
  • The president delivers remarks at a joint fundraising committee dinner
  • President Trump departs for Las Vegas, Nevada

Operation Roger Stone Sentencing still running

The theatrics over Roger Stone’s reduced sentencing recommendation are still alive and kicking. USA Today wants you to know that “the independent Federal Judges Association” is holding an emergency meeting “to address growing concerns about the intervention of Justice Department officials and President Donald Trump in politically sensitive cases, the group’s president said Monday.” An independent organization! EEK!

But that’s not the whole story. Top federal prosecutor Timothy Shea was strong-armed into accepting the absurd sentencing recommendation from four, derp state, line prosecutors. The prosecutors told Shea that they would resign if he did not accept their ridiculous recommendation of 7-9 years in prison for the first time, non-violent process criminal Stone. A.G. Barr has come forward and said that he was not influenced by the president because they had already decided to revise the recommendation before the president went on Twitter to complain. All this information is being ignored because the criticism and pearl clutching does not come from a legitimate place.

As of Tuesday morning, there are 2,000 (!) former DoJ officials who have signed a letter calling for Barr to resign because of WHATEVER. If you’ve ever doubted how important the complete control of the DoJ is to the left’s agenda, doubt no more. The squawking and squealing about Barr is all about the institutional state losing control of a very important part of their machine.

Fun fact: Chuck Ross over at the Daily Caller reports David Laufman “a former Justice Department official who is discussed throughout the inspector general’s report on FISA abuse added his name Monday to a petition calling on William Barr to resign as attorney general.”

So who is Laufman? “Laufman, who appears frequently on MSNBC and CNN, often to criticize the Trump administration, played a key role in both the Hillary Clinton email investigation and the Trump-Russia probe.”

Wow, so he’s not part of an “independent” and organic effort to raise concerns over happenings at the DoJ?

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Bolton makes a public appearance

Fired National Security Advisor John Bolton spoke at Duke University in his first appearance since he was denied the opportunity to showboat testify in the Senate “impeachment” trial about his butthurt. By the way, how come selections of Bolton’s book aren’t leaking anymore? Curious.

“For all the focus on Ukraine and impeachment trial: to me there are portions of the manuscript that deal with Ukraine — I view that as the sprinkles on an ice cream sundae, in terms of the book,” he reportedly said. “This is an effort to write history. I did the best I can … We’ll see what happens with the censorship.”

There’s no “censorship.” Any government employees deals with the review process when they write a book. Every book, especially one written by someone with a top level security clearance, has to be checked and reviewed by the government. Many years ago, I was at the Spy Museum in D.C. for a special episode screening of “The Americans.” (Terrific show, go watch it if you haven’t seen it.) Joel Weisberg, the writer and creator of the show, told the audience how the CIA had to review every single episode of the show before he was allowed to produce it. The reason for the review was because Weisberg had been a CIA officer.

Those are rules, Bolton, so quit your bitchin.’ I wonder if Bolton was paid for his Duke speech…

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Early voting in Nevada ends today

On Tuesday, Nevada will wrap up its early voting caucus process. The formal caucus will be held on Saturday, February 22. I’m not a fan of early voting. If its important to you to place a vote, get yourself to the polling place on election day. Simple. In Nevada, the primary caucus voters were able to show up at designated locations and choose up to five candidates and that data will be transported to the actual caucus on Saturday. The lines for early voting are really long but the process seems to be running smoothly once a voter is able to vote. Will these votes actually be included in the final caucus process? No one knows. The Nevada Democrats will have to release the counts for each round of voting but will they do this?

Following the nightmare in Iowa, there are three ways the system can unfold: it can go smoothly and results can be incorporated without problems; the process can be FUBAR’d and there’s a public scene with people screaming about cheating; or my personal selection: the situation is FUBAR’d and they cover it up and pretend their system performed like a well-oiled machine.

At this point in time, it looks like Bernie is “surging” in Nevada which definitely has the party concerned. Politico writes,

Advisers to three rival campaigns privately conceded over the weekend that the best anyone else could hope for here is second or third. Some of them gape at the crowd sizes at Sanders’ events — like the swarm of supporters who accompanied Sanders, his fist raised, to an early caucus site in Las Vegas on Saturday, the first day of early voting in the state.

“He’s going to win with 28 percent of the vote. We’re not talking about him getting 50 percent of the vote,” said Andres Ramirez, a Nevada-based Democratic strategist and former vice chairman of the Democratic National Committee’s Hispanic Caucus. “But the rest of the field is so fragmented, and he has his base locked, that he can continue winning just by holding onto his base.”

Let’s see if they manage to steal this from Bernie.

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Other morsels:
Daytona 500 driver Ryan Newman in serious condition following fiery crash
Bill to ban sale of assault-style weapons dies in Va. state Senate committee
Utah GOP Considering Resolution Calling For Mitt Romney To ‘Immediately Resign’ From Office
Trump fires back after Obama claims credit for economic boom: ‘Con job’
NSA leaker Reality Winner seeks clemency, turns in thousands of letters of support
Leaked records expose China’s Xinjiang camps
Plymouth Rock, iconic landmark that marks where the Pilgrims first landed, was vandalized
Jeff Bezos commits $10 billion to fight climate change
More than 75 years later, California will officially apologize for mistreating Japanese Americans
At least 140 travelers denied entry to US over coronavirus and thousands more screened
Mini-horse boards flight in first class
Professor suspended for calling police on black student
Boy Scouts file for bankruptcy due to sex-abuse lawsuits
Georgetown U. Library Bans Books that Offend Students

And that’s all I’ve got, now go beat back the angry mob!

About Liz Sheld

Liz Sheld is the senior news editor at American Greatness. She is a veteran political strategist and pollster who has worked on campaigns and public interest affairs. Liz has written at Breitbart and The Federalist, as well as at PJ Media, where she wrote "The Morning Briefing." In her spare time, she shoots sporting clays and watches documentaries.

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