Breaking News: Multiple Deputies Down in Shooting South of Denver (Active)

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Latest: Sheriff sets up emergency shelter for displaced residents:

Earlier: Domestic disturbance led to shots fired, via Douglas County Sheriff:

GlobalNews has live aerial video at the scene.

Earlier: 3 officers taken to hospital. No status given:

Fox News and the Douglas County Sheriff (via Twitter):

Police in a Colorado city just outside of Denver said “multiple deputies” are down after being shot while responding to a disturbance call early Sunday.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office said in a tweet that citizens in Highlands Ranch should shelter in place and avoid windows.

NBC News reports the SWAT team is on the scene. Douglas County sheriff says the situation is active. Residence of Highland Ranch should stay inside and away from windows.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s twitter handle is @DCSheriff:

About the Location of the Incident

About Highlands Ranch, Colorado:

Highlands Ranch has received national recognition for its great quality of life and amenities. Our community has been named by NerdWallet as one of the best places to raise families in Coloradorecognized nationally by Forbes as one of the top places to move in the nation.  Business Week also named Highlands Ranch one of the best places to raise kids. Not only is Highlands Ranch receiving accolades, so is Douglas County. In August 2014, Douglas County ranked second in Movoto Real Estate’s 10 Best Counties in America list.

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Breaking: State Department releases Huma Abedin emails found on Weiner’s hard drive

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The US Department of State released 2,800 emails involving Hillary aid Huma Abedin that were found on Anthony Weiner’s hard drive last year, Judicial Watch reports. You can read all the emails here: FOIA Abedin Emails

In a statement, Judicial Watch, which forced the release through lawsuits, said this:

This is a major victory. After years of hard work in federal court, Judicial Watch has forced the State Department to finally allow Americans to see these public documents. It will be in keeping with our past experience that Abedin’s emails on Weiner’s laptop will include classified and other sensitive materials. That these government docs were on Anthony Weiner’s laptop dramatically illustrates the need for the Justice Department to finally do a serious investigation of Hillary Clinton’s and Huma Abedin’s obvious violations of law.

Fox News has more.

The Gateway Pundit has more.

It looks like the State Department’s document site is broken. Search for “Abedin” returns zero results.

Hennessy’s View will look for smoking guns. Developing . . .

Equifax Update: More Breaches, More Lies

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You will be mad.

You probably don’t have a contract with Equifax. Your creditors do.

When you apply for a loan, you give creditors permission to:

  1. Obtain your credit file.
  2. Update your credit file.

You expect that creditors vet their vendors, don’t you? You assume banks and credit card companies test their vendors’ security.

And you expect financial services companies like Equifax to be on the up and up.

But they’re not. None of them. The banks. The credit cards. The credit bureaus. They’re not on the up and up. They’re on the cheap and dirty. They cut corners. They pocket the money and skip the quality checks.

They don’t do their due diligence.

None of them.

Today we learned that Equifax knew its security was garbage long before they originally admitted. In other words, Equifax’s statements of last week were lies.

As a reminder:

  • Equifax lost sensitive financial and personal data on 143 MILLION Americans
  • Equifax admits your data was compromised in May and June and July
  • Equifax admits it concealed its breach until September
  • Equifax admits its chief financial officer and other high-ranking managers sold their Equifax shares after the breach was discovered but before the breach was disclosed (insider trading)
  • Equifax denies that its executives knew of the breach before they sold their stock (laughable)

It turns out Equifax (and its executives) knew of the breach long before July.

Via Zero Hedge:

Meanwhile, far from keeping the original hack a secret, “in early March Equifax began notifying a small number of outsiders and banking customers that it had suffered a breach and was bringing in a security firm to help investigate. The company’s outside counsel, Atlanta-based law firm King & Spalding, first engaged Mandiant at about that time. While it’s not clear how long the Mandiant and Equifax security teams conducted that probe, one person said there are indications it began to wrap up in May.”

The revelation of an earlier breach – and one which comes from the press instead of the company itself – will likely raise questions for the company’s executives over whether that investigation was sufficiently thorough or if it was closed too soon, and also why it wasn’t disclosed as part of the Sept. 7 press release.

In early MARCH! Equifax knew they’d lost your data in March!

So, now how dishonest does Equifax look?

In my prior report on Equifax, I introduced you to John Gamble “with your money,” the Equifax CFO. I speculated that Mr. Gamble traded Equifax shares after learning of the breach. (Mr. Gamble has not personally denied it, but Equifax’s PR agency has.)

Now, Zero Hedge has this:

Now, under the new timeline, the insider sales come several months after the March breach but before the public had any knowledge of major security issues at one of the country’s three big credit-reporting agencies. The new timeline is also likely to focus scrutiny on an earlier sale by Gamble of 14,000 shares on May 23. According to a regulatory filing, which didn’t indicate that the sale was part of a scheduled trading plan, the value of that transaction was $1.91 million, more than twice the size of his Aug. 1 disposal of 6,500 shares for $946,374.

As I wrote in my first report on Equifax, justice requires two things:

  1. Equifax stock goes to zero.
  2. Equifax’s customers (the banks and credit companies who gave your data to Equifax) compensate the hell out of you and their other customers.

This story has legs. Share it with our friends.

And ask all your creditors how they intend to compensate you for the loss of your data. It’s really their problem, not yours.

I still think James Comey is a felon, and the FBI is corrupt

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James Comey exonerated Hillary Clinton three months before he interviewed her.

James Comey exonerated Hillary Clinton before interviewing 16 key witnesses.

James Comey exonerated Hillary Clinton before he gathered any significant evidence.

James Comey gave Hillary Clinton permission to destroy evidence in a felony investigation.

James Comey leaked classified information to the media.

These are all facts. No one disputes them.

They are all crimes of various degrees. Some felonies.

At the time James Comey committed these crimes, he was head of the FBI.

Because of James Comey’s felonies, the FBI probably needs to be disbanded. Shut down. Destroyed. Eliminated.

No one can trust anything the FBI does.

No one can trust anyone who works at the FBI.

Every FBI employee lost most of their credibility today.

Because of James Comey.

And his accessory after the fact, Robert Mueller.

If I were a member of Congress, I would vote against any bill that provided funding to the FBI. Any funding. I’d shit it down.

Once, FBI agents were my heroes. Many former FBI agents still are heroes to me.

But the FBI itself is a criminal organization. Like the mafia. Like a drug cartel. Like the SS. Like the KGB.

The FBI uses its power to destroy political opponents and to protect itself.

James Comey ruined the FBI. For that, every American should demand Comey’s prosecution.

Lawyer up, Jimmy. Your days are numbered.

Why I’m Betting on an Indictment of Comey

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I made a lot of money on the election. Most of that money I cashed out. But I left a small balance in case I saw another opportunity to bet against the prevailing wisdom.

I saw that opportunityt last night.

My PredictIt Success

In January 2016, I bought three kinds of shares on PredictIt, the prediction market.

  1. Trump would win the Republican nomination.
  2. Trump would win the White House.
  3. Republicans would control both houses of Congress and the White House.

The first two shares were trading around 10 cents each. The third around 20 cents.

I set up a scheme to mitigate my risks. I immediately offered to sell my shares in each pool according to this formula:

  • Sell 25% of shares when the price reaches 25 cents
  • Sell 50% of shares when the price reaches 50 cents
  • Sell 15% of shares when the price reaches 75 cents
  • Sell the last 10% of shares when the price reaches 99 cents (maximum)

Yes, I could have made slightly more by holding everything for 99 cents. But there’s always a chance that wouldn’t happen. So I hedged a bit.

The result: I made a lot of money. About 4x my investment in 10 months. Try to get that from your 401k.

Today, I used that balance to buy 100 shares of YES on the question “Will a federal criminal charge be filed against James Comey in 2017?”

Since I’m playing with house money, it’s a safe bet. And it keeps getting safer with every bit of news out of Washington. Plus, the opinions of leading criminal lawyers.

What a Top Lawyer Says about Comey

Let’s look at the lawyer first.

Jonathan Turley is a famous lawyer. You see him on TV discussing big, complicated cases. He’s well respected in the lawyer world.

Jonathan Turley

Turley sees James Comey’s recent testimony as a very bad move by Comey. For two reasons that will haunt Comey for the rest of his life:

  1. Comey admitted that he let Trump’s tweets bait him into
  2. releasing privileged information in violation of federal law.

The first admission shows Comey to be an emotional showboat. Comey displayed the kind of selfish immaturity that destroys careers. Political careers, legal careers, cop careers, even doctor careers. Any kind of career comes crashing down when you let your emotions, especially emotions involving pride, dictate your actions.

Comey Committed Character Suicide

As Turley explains:

The greatest irony is that Trump succeeded in baiting Comey to a degree that even Trump could not have imagined. After calling Comey a “showboat” and poor director, Comey proceeded to commit an unethical and unprofessional act in leaking damaging memos against Trump.

Indeed. To anyone who has a neutral position on Trump, Trump totally won Thursday. He won because Trump’s actions in this matter were entirely consistent with Trump’s character. We have come to expect Trump to tweet outlandish statements in the middle of the night. Trump haters complain about this behavior. They say it’s a character flaw. But at least he’s consistent.

Comey was the FBI Director. Most people think of the FBI Director as a sober, thoughtful, and careful person. Someone skilled at tempering his emotions and behaving rationally. Someone free from fits of intemperate actions in the middle of the night.

So, what did Comey do when Trump tweeted about him? Comey got up in the middle of the night and leaked privileged information to a friend for the purpose of damaging the president. 

In other words, Comey broke character to play tit-for-tat with Trump.

That’s the end of Comey as a rational, temperate lawyer. We all know he’s not. But where’s the crime in what Comey did?

Comey Likely Committed Multiple Crimes

Turley explains:

Besides being subject to nondisclosure agreements, Comey falls under federal laws governing the disclosure of classified and unclassified information. Assuming that the memos were not classified (though it seems odd that it would not be classified even on the confidential level), there is 18 U.S.C. § 641, which makes it a crime to steal, sell, or convey “any record, voucher, money, or thing of value of the United States or of any department or agency thereof.”

Comey literally admitted under oath to willfully violating 18 U.S.C § 641. His notes, recorded on an FBI system, were the property of the government. A record of value in an ongoing investigation. Which Comey stole and conveyed for personal gain. In this case, his gain was reputation. But it was a gain, nonetheless.

And it gets worse as Turley digs deeper into the law:

One such regulation is § 2635.703, on the use of nonpublic information, which states, “An employee shall not engage in a financial transaction using nonpublic information, nor allow the improper use of nonpublic information to further his own private interest or that of another, whether through advice or recommendation, or by knowing unauthorized disclosure.”

Turley also finds that Comey violated his FBI contract:

The standard FBI employment agreement bars the unauthorized disclosure of information “contained in the files, electronic or paper, of the FBI” that impact the bureau and specifically pledges that “I will not reveal, by any means, any information or material from or related to FBI files or any other information acquired by virtue of my official employment to any unauthorized recipient without prior official written authorization by the FBI.”

And Comey violated legal ethics which could result in disbarment:

Comey is also subject to bar rules on releasing information inimical to the interests of his former employer. For example, under professional rule 1.6, lawyers need to secure authority to release information that “(1) reveal a confidence or secret of the lawyer’s client; (2) use a confidence or secret of the lawyer’s client to the disadvantage of the client; [or] (3) use a confidence or secret of the lawyer’s client for the advantage of the lawyer or of a third person.”

Comey Indictment a Safe Bet

Add it all up, and it looks like Nut Job Comey is the emotional wreck Trump told us he was. Trump was right about Comey all along.

That’s why my 100 shares of PredictIt stock look like a great investment right now. In the coming days, special investigator Robert Mueller will announce he’s expanding his investigation to look into Comey’s actions. By Christmas, Comey will cop a plea.

It’s going to be a very bad year for anti-Trump.

UPDATE: The price on YES went down to 8 cents, so I bought 40 more shares. 🙂

No Obstruction. No Collusion. He’s a Leaker. UPDATES

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Scott Adams pointed out the linguistic brilliance of Donald Trump’s perfect summation of James Comey’s failed takedown attempt.

“No obstruction. No collusion. He’s a leaker.”

That’s how Trump summarized Comey’s testimony to the Senate’s Russian Conspiracy Hoax Committee.

Click to watch:

Scott is a genius in persuasion and psychology. Everything he just said about Trump’s linguistic kill-shot is dead-on accurate. Trump destroyed Comey without firing a shot. “No obstruction. No collusion. He’s a leaker.”

Comey is a lawyer with a limited vocabulary. Trump has the best words. We just saw the two of them side-by-side, and Trump destroyed his rival.

I predict Comey will plead guilty before Christmas to avoid time in prison. You can mock me if I’m wrong. But wait until December 26 just so you don’t look foolish.

Comey’s crime? He freely admitted it under oath yesterday. Robert Mueller will expand his investigation to cover this crime soon.

UPDATE: Trump’s lawyer filing DOJ IG complaint against Comey. The IG will forward the complaint to Robert Mueller. My prediction is already coming true.

UPDATE 2: I bought 100 shares of YES on PredictIt. You can, too.