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The Morning Briefing: Strzok Testimony Delivers and Much, Much More

Former FBA Director fo Counterintelligence Peter Strzok (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Good Friday morning.

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

  • The President participates in the viewing of the joint forces military demonstration in Surrey, England
  • President Trump participates in a bilateral meeting with the prime minister of the United Kingdom in Buckinghamshire, England
  • The president participates in a working lunch with the prime minister of the United Kingdom
  • President Trump participates in a joint press conference with the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
  • The president and first lady participate in the official greeting with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Berkshire, England
  • President Trump and the first lady have tea with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
  • The president and first lady arrive at Trump Turnberry

Strzok clown show hearing was everything I said it would be and more

As I wrote yesterday, Trump-hater and prolific texter Peter Strzok appeared before the House Oversight and the House Judiciary Committees to “testify” and the whole affair was indeed a clown show. The Democrats played defense for the disgraced FBI agent, interrupting with parliamentary distractions to keep Strzok safe from answering questions or accidently lying under oath. It was quite a spectacle to watch the left defend a law enforcement agency while simultaneously demanding another be “abolished.”

A few things of note: First, Strzok is creepy AF.

Second, Congressman Gohmert delivered a massive bombshell that went unacknowledged yesterday. While questioning the smirking FBI agent, Gohmert asked about a meeting Strzok attended with the the Intelligence Community’s Inspector General’s (ICIG) office where the FBI was informed that almost every single one of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails were being forwarded to an unspecified foreign agent. This discovery was made while examining Clinton’s home-brewed bathroom server used to traffic all of her government communications, including classified material. Let me repeat that: all of the former United States secretary of state’s emails (around 30,000 emails) were being forwarded to a foreign power. All the folks shrieking about imaginary foreign influence on Trump do not seem to care about this AT ALL.

Strzok remembered the meeting but did not remember what was discussed because of course, one wouldn’t remember being told that all of the secretary of state’s emails had been obtained by a foreign country.

Here’s another story that dropped late last night: White House Orders Broader Access to Files About F.B.I. Informant (warning, the NYT article is terribly biased).

The White House has rebuffed concerns among American intelligence and law enforcement officials and ordered that more lawmakers be given access to classified information about an informant the F.B.I. used in 2016 to investigate possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, according to two American officials with knowledge of the decision.

Both the director of national intelligence and the director of the F.B.I. tried to keep the classified documents tightly restricted, fearing that a broader dissemination of operational reports and other sensitive material could lead to more leaks of detailed information about the role of the confidential F.B.I. informant.

This is big news. Developing…

Related:

Strzok mistress Lisa Page will be testifying today behind closed doors.

Strzok Claims He STILL Has Top Secret Security Clearance

Russian attendee at Trump Tower meeting sues Putin critic Browder

Historical picture of the day:

Playwright Arthur Miller and actress Marilyn Monroe kiss at Idlewild Airport in New York City on July 13, 1956. The couple are leaving for London, England, where Monroe will begin shooting “The Prince and the Showgirl.” (AP Photo)

Other morsels:

Joy Reid has lost 20% of her audience since fake hacking scandal

Billboard warns ‘There are NAZIS in our neighborhood’ in Washington city

U.S. Justice Department reopens 63-year-old Emmett Till murder investigation

Awful. Conservative writer quits after Business Insider ‘erases’ her column on transgender roles

President Trump Laments Loss of European Culture, Says Immigration Has ‘Changed The Fabric Of Europe’

Democratic Congressmen Accuse Paul Ryan Of Political Stunt For Calling For Vote On THEIR ‘Abolish ICE’ Bill — Say They’ll Vote No

UGH Roy Moore admits Sacha Baron Cohen tricked him too

Sacha Baron Cohen delivers in-character response to ‘duped’ Sarah Palin

WOW Jury Bashes Johnson & Johnson With $4.7 BILLION Verdict in Talcum Powder Lawsuit

Trump’s London stay met by protesters

DOJ Probing New Information in Emmett Till Case

Trump’s barbed comments upset British hosts

Justice Department appeals approval of AT&T-Time Warner deal

What President Trump said about May, Brexit and ‘England’

On sale in Australia: Avocados as big as your face

Anthony Bourdain got 6 posthumous Emmy nominations for his CNN show ‘Parts Unknown’

Allies doubt Trump threatened to bail on NATO in spending feud

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