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Capitol Hill conservatives question timing of McClatchy’s FBI-NRA-Russia article before release of Simpson testimony

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Capitol Hill conservatives are questioning the timing of an article that the McClatchy news service ran claiming that the FBI was investigating a possible nexus between the National Rifle Association and the Russian government–hours before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence released the transcripts of Glenn R. Simpson’s Nov. 14 testimony about that connection.

Simpson, the co-founder and leader of the political opposition research firm Fusion GPS, testified to the committee about Russian infiltration of the NRA in response to questions from Rep. K. L. Jacqueline “Jackie” Speier (D.-Calif.).

MS. SPEIER: Okay. What is the interest of Russia with the National Rifle
Association?

MR. SIMPSON: I think that most of what we have found is pretty much out
there now. You know, it’s been said by others, but, you know, what eventually – it
appears the Russians, you know, infiltrated the NRA And there is more than one
explanation for why. But I would say broadly speaking, it appears that the
Russian operation was designed to infiltrate conservative organizations. And they
targeted various conservative organizations, religious and otherwise, and they
seem to have made a very concerted effort to get in with the NRA.

The McClatchy report not only followed the same narrative of Simpson’s testimony, but also claimed that the FBI was investigating Russian financial support to and collusion with the NRA.

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What got the eye of Capitol Hill conservatives was McClatchy’s sourcing.

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Instead of citing law enforcement or national security or even FBI sources, McClatchy hanged the story on: “two sources familiar with the matter have told McClatchy.”

In the article, the two McClatchy reporters, Peter Stone and Greg Gordon, quote the FBI’s refusal to comment, which itself is strange because Stone and Gordon have run other stories with much more specific and more connected sourcing, such as Justice Department officials and investigators working for Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III.

Gordon told BLP McClatchy does not discuss sources.

One Capitol Hill source told Big League Politics Simpson himself was most likely one of the two McClatchy sources along with any one of the Democrats on the committee, most likely Speier, who is one of the most adamant opponents of the NRA and the Democrat who created the situation that put Simpson’s Russia-NRA nexus in play.

It was Simpson who put together the so-called “Dossier,” an opposition research file about Donald J. Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign, which was funded by Democratic nominee Hillary R. Clinton and was passed around by the Clinton campaign, leftwing operatives and FBI agents and officials.

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Two Men Arrested for Planning Terrorist Attack on Trump Tower in Support of ISIS

They’re from South Carolina and Texas.

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The FBI has arrested two men and charged them with planning terrorist attacks on locations such as New York’s Trump Tower in support of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

Kristopher Sean Matthews of South Carolina and Jaylyn Christopher Molina of Texas have been charged with conspiring to provide material support or resources to a designated foreign terrorist organization.

Matthews adopted the pseudonym Ali Jibreel, and Molina the name Abdur Rahim.

The pair allegedly plotted to attack government facilities and New York’s Trump Tower, discussing their plans in jihadist chatrooms. They were busted by federal informants within these honeypots.

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We need to stick together, we need to defeat them, we need to take a lot of casualties,” said Molina of the pair’s plotting. Molina spoke of his allegiance to ISIS in the server. “You are my enemy (America) and never will I wear your flag … but I will raise the black flag of Allah.

They also spoke of the proposition of traveling to Syria in order to fight for ISIS, an idea that would’ve almost certainly resulted in their quick capture or death. American citizens caught fighting for ISIS on foreign battlefields have proven to be a legal nightmare for American military and civil law to manage.

Both were arrested on Monday. They face a maximum penalty of twenty years in prison, with a lifetime of supervised release.

These clowns didn’t get very far in actually planning acts of violence in support of ISIS, and they seem to have somewhat missed the boat- ISIS has largely been defeated by American-backed Kurdish militias and the Iraqi and Syrian governments. But they deserve punishment nonetheless.

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